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August 22, 2005

Australian ports to be closed if flu strikes

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia will close all its seaports and airports against a pandemic. (Free registration required to view the story.)

The dramatic safeguarding measure against the deadly disease is part of a Federal Government draft management plan circulated for comment to health professionals, the tourism sector and state governments.

The plan paints a bleak picture of Australia under siege from the virus, which Health Minister Tony Abbott has warned is a real threat.

The power to close air and sea ports under the Quarantine Act would only be a last resort, a Health Department spokesman said.

Posted by dymaxion at August 22, 2005 11:35 AM

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