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AN ambulance patient infected with swine flu by a paramedic is Tasmania's 10th case of the virus.
Director of Public Health Chrissie Pickin said the patient, from the state's northwest, was infected by the paramedic before it became obvious that the officer was ill.
"Unfortunately, we believe transmission of the virus would have occurred before we became aware of the paramedic's situation," she said.
Authorities have so far linked swine flu infections in three ambulance patients to the sick paramedic, who contracted the virus during a trip to Melbourne.
The sick officer has also passed the virus to his paramedic partner.
Despite the infections, Dr Pickin said Tasmanians should not be deterred from calling an ambulance in an emergency.
Originally posted by CultureD
reply to post by swinggal
Swinggal- I agree with you completely. I'd rather be overly cautious and survive than remain laissez-faire and in denial- and wind up dead.
There must be a middle way between fear and paranoia and simple common sense. There IS a circulating de novo strain of flu- out of season- and it IS killing people and being spread rapidly. We should pay attention and protect ourselves. We don't need to become hysterical and run in the streets! If it were baby formula poisoning or Chernobyl fallout, we' take care- why not take care from an infection? It doens't mean the world's ending- but what if we could stop people from ending? Wouldn't we want to make the effort?
One of the reason's i personally believe that we will not see death in australia is because we have universal health care.