(Agencies) Three children and one adult, presumed to be affected by Swine Flu (Gripe A in Spanish), and returning to Morocco from a camp in Seville were denied access to the Tánger Jet ferry yesterday because their government had given orders to the ship’s captain not to allow them, or anyone suspected of carrying the virus, on board.>It all began at midday yesterday when a group of 15 teenagers arrived at the port in Tarifa from Seville. Having been denied boarding, the kids, aged between 16 and 17, had to be placed in ‘confinement’ while Spanish health authorities determined whether they were in fact contagious. A Red Cross ambulance finally arrived and the three adolescents and an adult in charge, were isolated in quarters designed for such cases, while the rest boarded the ferry headed for home. On hearing why the ferry was late in leaving -it was now about 5.30pm-several passengers refused to board with the ‘offending’ party.
In the meantime, the Spanish authorities decided there was no need for those remaining behind to go to hospital. It was hoped that the matter could be sorted out today.