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Tue June 23, 2009
Europe trip canceled after Mich. orchestra students get flu
TWIN LAKE, MI – A Michigan arts camp has canceled a three-week orchestra tour of Europe after several students came down with the flu.
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp says its International Youth Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to depart Monday evening from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. But several students were diagnosed with type-A influenza while touring Ohio over the weekend.
Tests have not confirmed the students have the swine flu, but federal and state officials recommended the group not travel. The camp says Air France indicated the students wouldn't be allowed on the flight because they likely would be quarantined upon arrival in Paris.
Heidi Stansell is director of the camp in Twin Lake, about 40 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.
She says the tour's cancellation is "a cultural tragedy."