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

By 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 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 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 12:41 pm 30 Apr 09

Don’t encourage them, Peter! argh.

peterh 12:24 pm 30 Apr 09

neanderthalsis said :

How did the pig get on the roof?

The swine flu…


classic comment. classic.

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 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 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 9:12 am 30 Apr 09

How did the pig get on the roof?

The swine flu…

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.


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