reply to post by EDteach
I agree that there are sooo many countries dealing with this better than we are here in North America.
However, re the "western world", keep in mind Australia (where I am from) is dealing with it very differently than much of the rest of the "western
New Commonwealth Health Hotline for H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Influenza)The Department of Health and Ageing has established a new, national
hotline for the public to receive health information about the outbreak overseas of H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Influenza).
H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Influenza) Declared A Quarantinable Disease
Tuesday 28, April 2009: The Australian Government has included H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Influenza) to be a quarantinable disease in humans under
the Quarantine Act 1908.
Positive pratique for all flights
Wednesday 29, April 2009: From this afternoon, pilots on all incoming international passenger flights will be required to report to the Australian
Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) on the health status of their passengers. This report is called a pratique, and all pilots must give a pratique
to the airport on landing.
Government activates Thermal Scanners and Health Declaration Cards at Airports
30 April 2009: The Australian government today implemented full border measures to help delay the introduction of H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine
Influenza) into Australia.
This follows a decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to upgrade its Influenza Pandemic Alert Phase from 4 to 5.
Although the WHO Director-General has announced the change to Phase 5, which means the presence of human-to-human spread in two countries in one WHO
region, in Australia there remain no cases of H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Influenza).
The new measures at Australian airports include the use of Thermal Scanners and a mandatory requirement for all incoming passengers to fill out Health
Janelle Miles, Robyn Ironside, Renee Viellaris, and agencies
April 28, 2009 01:09pm
``The Queensland Health pandemic plan has been activated,'' Ms Bligh told reporters in Brisbane after meeting with officials.
She said Queensland had to be ready for "the prospect of this virus spreading to all countries and particularly here in Australia".
"This morning I convened the state disaster management group in readiness for a possible declaration of a disaster in the next couple of weeks," she
"We have no cause to declare any disaster at this stage but we are making sure we are ready."
Her announcement comes as the World Health Organisation has raised its pandemic alert level to phase 4.
The news comes after quarantine officials screening for the deadly swine flu boarded a Qantas passenger jet which arrived in Brisbane from Los Angeles
this morning and detained two passengers.
Five other passengers were detained but later cleared.
Quarantine officials boarded the Qantas flight from Los Angeles when it arrived in Brisbane today and quarantined two women showing signs of swine
At 6am, officials boarded the plane at Brisbane Airport where Queensland Health immediately quarantined the women who was showing symptoms and they
were taken by ambulance to hospital, a Brisbane Airport Corporation spokesman said.