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Old 10-24-2005, 05:58 AM
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Default Flu victims may be locked up

Really? Well, well, well. And we thought a spectacular mushroom cloud was required?

Bird flu crap is falling apart as we speak. Prepare for new "news speak" any day. How about "Swahili Pussy Cat Cough"...dont laugh! Many a pussy cat laughed and did not live to tell the tail. Scoff if you dare!

What about "Peak Oil"? Been done...hmmmm. I think they should bring back...

Super Volcano! Thats always had a ring to it.

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Flu victims may be locked up

By Tanya Giles and Gerard McManus

October 24, 2005

Eskilstuna / AP
Dead duck ... a carcass on the water in the Eskilstuna River, near Stockholm, Sweden. A duck died in the river last week from bird flu / AP[img align=right]http://network.news.com.au/image/0,10114,5065487,00.jpg[/img]

HEALTH officials and police have sweeping powers to confine people in their homes and fine them $20,000 for breaching orders if a deadly flu pandemic strikes here.

People suspected of coming into contact with the virus or showing signs of being infected could be forced into home detention and have their movements restricted under the plan.

In extreme cases, police would be called in to arrest people who refuse to comply with orders and detain them in quarantine to control an outbreak.

Blood tests could be conducted on those suspected of carrying the virus, by force if necessary.

Victorian health authorities are also prepared to close schools or limit large gatherings to control its spread.

The revelations came as fresh outbreaks of avian flu were reported around the world, including in Britain where a parrot was confirmed to have died from the H5N1 strain of the virus.

A dead duck in Sweden was found to have carried the influenza, while Russia has also reported a fresh outbreak of the H5N1 strain that has killed 60 people in Asia.

There are also reports of new cases in Croatia.

Labor's Julia Gillard said yesterday Australia's hospitals were not equipped to deal with a large flu pandemic and said they should immediately be given more money.

"I think it's prudent to be preparing," the health spokeswoman said.

Ms Gillard said that although human-to-human transmission had not occurred, hospitals were already over-stretched.

Prime Minister John Howard said there was no need to spend more money on a possible pandemic.

However, he said a two-day test run of a human flu outbreak by state and federal agencies, and hospitals next month would reveal if the country was ready to handle a bird flu crisis.

Australia's Health Minister Tony Abbott is heading to Canada for a meeting with 30 other health ministers on how to deal with the threat of a bird flu outbreak.

Health workers and police have been already armed under the Victorian Health Act with powers to use "any force necessary" to make people comply.

A spokesman for the Department of Human Services said yesterday chief health officer Dr Robert Hall had emergency powers available to confine or quarantine people if there was a risk to public health.

Isolation orders are for a maximum of 28 days, with the option of extending quarantine for a further 28 days at a time.

Under the Act, people who knowingly or recklessly infect another person face hefty fines of up to $20,000.

The emergency powers are seen as the most effective way of restricting the spread of deadly viruses in the early stages of an outbreak.

If left unchecked, a pandemic affecting Australia in the absence of a vaccine or treatment over six to eight weeks could result in 13,000 to 44,000 deaths and 57,000 to 148,000 people hospitalised, according to health authorities.

The Federal Government's pandemic flu plan says "people may be quarantined in their own homes or in another facility. In most cases, quarantine is voluntary, however state, territory and the Australian governments have authority to compel quarantine to protect the public".

Premier Steve Bracks said yesterday the Victorian Government had protocols in place to deal with any outbreak of bird flu and would review them in consultation with the Federal Government if necessary.

Health authorities interstate and overseas are preparing similar emergency powers to halt the spread of the bird flu.

New South Wales is developing a disaster plan enabling emergency powers to be invoked to prevent suspected sufferers from leaving their homes.

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The nerve!

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In extreme cases, police would be called in to arrest people who refuse to comply with orders and detain them in quarantine to control an outbreak.

Blood tests could be conducted on those suspected of carrying the virus, by force if necessary.

Health workers and police have been already armed under the Victorian Health Act with powers to use "any force necessary" to make people comply.
How the hell are these fools getting away with this? This is some of the most over the top crap i have ever read. How many more of these furfies can we stand?
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