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News for 2009Edit

May 9Edit

First confirmed case of Swine flu in Australia. A woman from NSW entering QLD on a flight from Los Angeles tested positive - Full report from ABC News

April 29Edit

Australia is testing 89 people for swine flu and the government has increased surveillance, detention and disinfection powers to combat any outbreak, said Health Minister Nicola Roxon.

The World Health Organization raised its global pandemic alert to 4 from 3, its highest since the warning system was adopted in 2005, saying the disease is no longer containable. The virus has been confirmed in the U.K., Mexico, the U.S., Canada and Spain. As of April 27, 152 people have died of flu in Mexico. Twenty of those are confirmed to be from swine flu, said Mexican Health Minister Jose Cordova.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type-A influenza that regularly causes outbreaks among the animals, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Three main human flu strains -- H3N2, H1N1 and type B -- circulate and cause 250,000 to 500,000 deaths a year in seasonal epidemics, according to the WHO. Pandemics occur when a novel influenza A-type virus, to which almost no-one has natural immunity, emerges and begins spreading. -

April 27Edit

Five people in NSW are being tested for swine flu, as the death toll in Mexico rises to 103 and Australia's chief medical officer said people should not panic amid fears of a global pandemic.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said 17 people with influenza-like illnesses had been followed up by NSW public health units today. Of the 17, five will be tested for swine flu.



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