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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Australia : Swine flu pandemic over - Roxon

An article from Brisbane Times :

" The swine flu pandemic which claimed 213 Australian lives has been officially declared over by federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon.

Just over 37,600 cases of the virus were reported in Australia during the last eight months of 2009.

There have been less than 7000 infections this year to date.

"As the number of cases has declined it is appropriate to declare the H1N1 pandemic over in Australia for this year by returning our pandemic phase to 'alert'," Ms Roxon said in a statement.

This move was taken on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jim Bishop, and the Australian Health Protection Committee.

Australia had been in the "protect" phase until Wednesday.

It was created in June last year as the number of swine flu cases quickly soared past 2000."

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