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QUEENSLAND has its first "third-generation" case of swine flu, with a young woman on the Gold Coast catching the virus from her co-worker.
The co-worker was a family member of a Pacific Dawn passenger, it emerged today.
Also today, Victoria's flu status was moved to a higher level but authorities said the State of Origin rugby league match could proceed.
THREE states last night placed Victoria in the same category of swine flu threat as Mexico and the US as the spread of the virus across the country risked tipping the World Health Organisation's global flu alert status to "full-blown pandemic".
As Australia's swine flu outbreak topped 620 -- making it the biggest outside of the Americas -- NSW, Queensland and South Australia yesterday ordered children who had travelled to greater metropolitan Melbourne to stay away from schools for a week on their return.
The move is likely to hit thousands of Queensland and NSW families attending last night's State of Origin match in Melbourne.
VICTORIA now has the highest recorded per capita rate of swine flu in the world and is being blamed for exporting the virus around Australia.
The Australian reports the state has already exported more than a dozen swine flu infections to other states, territories and countries, including an NRL player who contracted the illness after last week's State of Origin clash in Melbourne.
Over the weekend, Western Australia, NSW, Tasmania and South Australia all had fresh positive tests to the H1N1 strain among people returning from Victoria, with Singapore and Malaysia also attributing one new case apiece to visitors' exposure to the virus in Victoria.
Queensland Origin forward Ben Hannant, also a prop for the Bulldogs, contracted the illness after performing strongly for the Maroons in their 28-18 win in the opening Origin game in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Brisbane Broncos' six State of Origin rugby league representatives have been quarantined due to swine flu concerns.
The NRL club has taken action to keep the players apart from the rest of the team after Queensland forward Ben Hannant contracted the illness after playing in Wednesday night's opening Origin match in Melbourne.
The Broncos' stance is in keeping with Queensland Health regulations, and it comes after Maroons team doctor Roy Saunders notified the Broncos club doctor and ordered the players to be quarantined for 72 hours.
While the six players - skipper Darren Lockyer, Israel Folau, Karmichael Hunt, Sam Thaiday, injured Justin Hodges and New South Wales halfback Peter Wallace - didn't train at Brisbane's Red Hill .quarters on Monday morning, they were in attendance and Lockyer spoke to the media.
Lockyer confirmed they were quarantined as a precaution a. of Friday night's home clash with the Bulldogs and they had taken Tamiflu medication.