5 potential swine flu cases in Canberra – It’s not as bad as it sounds

johnboy 29 April 2009 89

[First filed: April 28, 2009 @ 15:07]

Nothing online yet but the ABC news on the radio is reporting that five people in Canberra are being monitored for the dreaded swine flu.

The media loves to scare you, and in turn some of you love to be scared.

But before we get our panties in a bunch on this one bear in mind that everyone’s got the sniffles right now and these five people are only special for having the sniffles and having been within hundreds of kilometres of people with the real swine flu.

I’ve got a bottle of single malt that says more people in Canberra will die of plain old flu this winter than exotic killer pig flu.

Any takers?

UPDATED: ACT Health has an omnibus information page with all the info you need should fear of Mexican Swine Flu be keeping you awake at night.

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Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 1:49 pm 30 Apr 09

From Slashdot:

Costello: Well then who sets the swine flu threat level?
Abbott: Yes.
Costello: I mean the group’s name.
Abbott: WHO.
Costello: The group that sets the level.
Abbott: WHO.
Costello: The group that…
Abbott: WHO!
Costello: I’m asking YOU who sets the level!
Abbott: That’s the group’s name.
Costello: That’s who’s name?
Abbott: Yes.
Costello: Well go ahead and tell me.
Abbott: That’s it.
Costello: That’s who?
Abbott: Yes.
Costello: Look, you got a group that sets the level?
Abbott: Certainly.
Costello: Who?
Abbott: That’s right.
Costello: All I’m trying to find out is what’s the group’s name that sets the swine flu level.
Abbott: No. WHAT is the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group.
Costello: I’m not asking you who’s the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group.
Abbott: Who sets the level!
Costello: I don’t know.
Abbott & Costello Together: Third base!

deezagood deezagood 1:00 pm 30 Apr 09

peterh said :

neanderthalsis said :

How did the pig get on the roof?

The swine flu…


classic comment. classic.

Tired, bored, so LMAO! Encourage away peterh!

ant ant 12:41 pm 30 Apr 09

Don’t encourage them, Peter! argh.

peterh peterh 12:24 pm 30 Apr 09

neanderthalsis said :

How did the pig get on the roof?

The swine flu…


classic comment. classic.

deezagood deezagood 11:03 am 30 Apr 09

If this flu really is a cross between avian flu and swine flu, it really should be called the flying pig flu (hopefully, perhaps, in more ways than one).

ant ant 10:20 am 30 Apr 09

Bear in mind that it is the WHO that is issuing the warnings, and escalating the situation through the pre-set stages. The media is going off media releases (which is why the issue seemed to jump up suddenly over the weekend… soemone issued a release).

The WHO stages trigger pre-set activity off the neational pandemic plans. They’ve just raised the WHO Pandemic rating to level 5, it will be very interesting if they go to Stage 6. Human-to-human infections in 2 regions. That’s when they start to shut the world down.

Thumper Thumper 9:25 am 30 Apr 09

Maybe the scare is all just part of an international stimulus package by getting people to panic and go to their doctors and then chemists?

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 9:12 am 30 Apr 09

How did the pig get on the roof?

The swine flu…

nicnacvb nicnacvb 8:30 am 30 Apr 09

There’s been bird flu, now the swine flu.

I think I’ll start speading a rumour via the net about platypus flu or maybe monotreme flu. See if any current affairs programs pick it up.

But seriously, I’d hate to be a doctor at the moment. The hospitals would be a nightmare. Every hypochondriac idiot with a sniffle would be convinced they have the swine flu.

Thumper Thumper 8:21 am 30 Apr 09

Oh, btw, it’s a promotion.

Thumper Thumper 8:20 am 30 Apr 09

No idea what you are on about yapyap. I think they whole thing is be beaten to death by a media with nothing better to write about.

Then again, if you actually read the thread you’d have realised that.

n2kaja n2kaja 8:13 am 30 Apr 09

I forgot to add that I find it all very entertaining. =)

n2kaja n2kaja 7:53 am 30 Apr 09

I’m heading to the States on Monday, I’m so over this BS I’m so sick of the media hipe.
I’m ashamed of the ABC and other media trying to cram down our throats that 150 people have died when there has only been 7 or 8 now.

I wonder how much money has been spent so far on this farce?

vg vg 7:42 am 30 Apr 09

Swine flu? Shit, I get it at least once a year

Boom, boom

Granny Granny 12:04 am 30 Apr 09

Thow dolted daffe! Dulle are thi wittes. I wish I had your ****s in my hand in place of relics or of saints’ holy things. Come, cut them off; I’ll help you carry them; they shall be enshrined in a hog’s ****!

YapYapYap YapYapYap 10:45 pm 29 Apr 09


YapYapYap YapYapYap 10:45 pm 29 Apr 09

When/how did i get promoted from troublemaker to holligan? Or was it a demotion.

ps Good of you to identify yourself Thumper – a true conservative is easy to bait

Thumper Thumper 10:34 pm 29 Apr 09

Feel free to don your hazmat suit. You can laugh at me when I die.

YapYapYap YapYapYap 10:30 pm 29 Apr 09

We’ll see. Fifty bucks says the usual ‘law n order’ types here – you know ho you are – start looking someone to blame if this turns to shit.

MWF MWF 10:21 pm 29 Apr 09

shiny flu said :

We’re all going to die from Swine Flu. There is no cure. There is no prevention. Please go out and spend like there’s no tomorrow *because there will be no tomorrow!*

Want a Big Screen TV? Buy it. Want to eat-out every meal? Do it. Remember, your time is nigh!

Message from the Global Stimulate-your-economy Committee.

Yeah well I would. If Uncle Kevin had bothered to stimulate Tuggeranong yet. But noooooooooo. No stimulation in any of the 2900 postcodes AFAIK. This site is pretty funny: http://blowmy900.info/

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