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ACT hosting flu pandemic exercises

By IBN News 16 October 2006 9

ACT Health has started running a large-scale test today to see how ready it is for a flu pandemic.

Over the next few days, the arrival and containment of a new flu strain will be tested.

The organisers say they’re not expecting a pandemic, but want to see how ready they are for one.

ACT Health’s chief health officer Dr Paul Dugdale is stressing that these are exercises only and not a real event.

The Canberra Hospital and several cabinet ministers are apparently taking an “active part” in the simulation.

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VYBerlinaV8 10:03 am 17 Oct 06

geez Thumper, what sort of dirty sicko do you think I am.

Now, lesbian flu, hmmm there’s a thought…

Thumper 9:43 am 17 Oct 06

‘Joe Public thats me,
Joe Public thats me,
I put my faith in the powers that be’

‘Joe Public’ by the Rutles on the Archaeology album.

Mr Evil 9:38 am 17 Oct 06

I put my complete faith in Katy and the ACT Govt to be able to look after us, or my name isn’t Abraham Lincoln.

Thumper 9:32 am 17 Oct 06


I would have thought that you only liked the flu when both strains are hot?

Absent Diane 9:03 am 17 Oct 06

not sure whether I would trust anyone in the case of pandemic.

I really do need to go shopping for gas masks and tamiflu.

Thumper 8:52 am 17 Oct 06

Indeed, EMA would have control over State and Territories as an overarching co-ordinating body as they are the only agency with the expertise to draw all others together in the event of a national disaster such as Cyclone Tracy.

Well, at least, thats my understanding of it.

VYBerlinaV8 8:48 am 17 Oct 06

If a genuine epidemic broke out I suspect there are certain federal agencies that would take over fairly quickly. There are facilities in Canberra (that don’t belong to the ACT govt) that are there for such an event.

Absent Diane 8:42 am 17 Oct 06

thats actually what they are planning… how quickly they can get there leave approved and tickets to somewhere isolated booked.

johnboy 10:49 pm 16 Oct 06

I’ll bet you London to a brick that they’re all off on holidays when the big one hits.

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