Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu - forced detentions and isolation for non-containable flu

I have been resisting the urge to post about swine flu and i will continue to do so, but these developments really do worry me - much more than the flu itself.

"Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce has consented to sweeping new quarantine powers for health officials in response to the global outbreak of swine flu.
Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon approached Ms Bryce on Tuesday night to approve the powers, which include allowing authorities to detain people suspected of having the potentially deadly virus.
"Using disinfectants on planes or at ports, through to the far more extreme (powers) which are making sure that people are isolated and perhaps detained if they don't co-operate and are showing symptoms of this disease," she told ABC Radio on Wednesday."

Perhaps it's the use of the word 'detain', it worries me. I also note that we are enacting legislation today to add swine flu to the list of diseases that can trigger anti epidemic measures like forced quarantine.


The World Health Orgainsation said, "The swine flu virus first detected in Mexico can no longer be contained and countries should focus on mitigating its effects..."

So just to recap - The swine flu cannot be contained, yet here and in Aussie, legislation has been put through around detention and forced quarantine.

Makes you wonder - doesn't it?

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