The boy, a year 9 student at Mill Park Secondary College, has had no contact with overseas travellers or with any of the other eight confirmed cases in Victoria — proving that swine flu is now spreading through the community in the same way that seasonal influenza does.
He is the third case of "community-acquired" swine flu in Melbourne, following positive tests on a 17-year-old girl from St Monica's College in Epping and on an eight-year-old boy from the western suburbs.The development came as almost 3000 people were quarantined for more than five hours aboard a cruise ship in Sydney Harbour, after four passengers were found to have flu-like symptoms.
Victoria so far has shown symptoms no more severe than the ordinary seasonal flu, which kills around 2500 Australians a year. "But while it could easily kill twice as many people as the normal flu … this is no reason to panci," Dr Hampson said.
Note the misspelling of the word "panic" by the reporter.
The important thing to remember is do not panic.
I've taken the precaution of packing supplies and have taken off for the hills, away from civilization. I have a radio to keep up to date with the news but won't be returning home till summer.