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Twenty-two students from Auckland's Rangitoto College, may have been infected with the Swine Flu, which the World Health Organisation warn could start a global epidemic. The students, believed to be senior students, arrived back to New Zealand via Los Angeles on Saturday, after a language trip to Mexico. Up to six have been showing flu like symptoms, but the test results won't be confirmed until Monday.
Australian Greens leader Bob Brown says the government knew of the threat on Saturday but only issued a health alert on Sunday morning. He also said it was inevitable the swine flu would hit Australia. "I don't know how much earlier they knew about it but they certainly did know yesterday," he said. "Every day in dealing with a pandemic is absolutely crucial."