The Canberra Times is running the usual “woe is me” tale from the ACT Chamber of Commerce.
This time the Chamber is fretting that a particularly bad flu season will spell doom for their ever at risk membership.
Professional fretter Professor Peter Collignon, from the ANU, even goes so far as to finger world youth day pilgrims as plague bearers.
Buried in the back end of the story is this interesting tidbit:
- “ACT Health has reported 195 laboratory-confirmed notifications of influenza in the ACT from January to date.
Last year, there were 585 cases and one reported death of an elderly person.
Acting ACT chief health officer Moira McKinnon said the drop in infection rates could be a result of a later start in the 2008 influenza season, pre-existing immunity and a higher rate of influenza immunisation. Dr McKinnon said there were several reported outbreaks of influenza among World Youth Day pilgrims in Sydney, but no reported outbreaks during related events in the ACT.”