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Australia's swine flu alert upgraded to contain level
May 22, 2009 02:55pm
AUSTRALIA'S swine flu alert level has been raised from delay to contain, Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced today.
The decision comes after the first case of human to human transmission was confirmed at a school in Victoria.
Ms Roxon said equally concerning was the two cases of the virus being contracted in people who had not travelled recently or been in contact with someone carrying the disease.
Ms Roxon said raising the alert level enabled the Government to ensure it acted appropriately as the H1N1 virus spreads in Australia.
"We will continue border protection to stop people coming into Australia with swine flu," Ms Roxon said.
"The contained phase is not the top phase; there are three more levels after that.
"This doesn't mean each and every state will be undertaking the same response. It provides us with flexibility for social distancing measures such as school closures, which we have already seen in South Australia and Victoria."
There are 11 confirmed cases of the disease across the country, with 20 test results pending.