Pupils contract swine flu abroad
Eight British schoolchildren on a trip to China are in hospital after contracting swine flu, a spokesman for the visit's organisers said.
The teenagers, seven from London and one from Somerset, were diagnosed with the H1N1 virus in Beijing.
More than 50 of their classmates and teachers are quarantined in a hotel.
A spokesman for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust said: "We are following the Chinese health regulations.
"We don't know at the moment if the students will be able to continue with their trip or come home."
Four of the teenagers affected come from Parliament Hill School in Camden, three are from the Central Foundation Boys School in Clerkenwell and one is from Clevedon School in Somerset.
Three of them were taken to hospital directly from the airport and another, Matthew Barnett, fell ill a few days after arriving in Beijing.
His mother, Jackie Barnett, from Islington, north London, said: "He left on Monday, arrived in China on Tuesday, and three of his friends were taken straight to the hospital from the airport.
The quarantined group was among a party of around 600 British students and teachers from across the UK who had travelled to China.
Organised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the British Council and Hanban, a Chinese organisation linked to Confucius Institutes, and part-funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the two-week trip was intended to enable the teenagers to learn more about the country's culture and language.