First case of swine flu in WA

No details were provided about the affected person, believed to be a middle aged man.


School age children to be quarantined

Meanwhile, Victoria announced it will follow other states in quarantining school age children returning from selected countries in a measure to stop the spread of swine flu.

“Any parent of school age children returning from any of the following countries – the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico or Panama – we will ask them to voluntarily place those school age children in quarantine to isolate them at their homes for a period of seven days,” state Health Minister Daniel Andrews told reporters.

On Sunday, NSW, Western Australia, South Australia and the ACT announced they would implement the guidelines.

The decision was made on the advice of national health experts he said, and is based around the fact that in schools children are in close contact for longer periods of time.

More children have been diagnosed with swine flu in Australia than adults.

Parents of pre-school aged children who attend childcare centres would also be asked to quarantine them for seven days after returning from those countries, Mr Andrews said.

“It will have an impact on a limited number of people, obviously it is not school holidays, so it will be of limited disruption to a small but important number.” Victoria\’s chief health officer Dr Rosemary Lester said the measure was sensible to minimise the infiltration of the virus.

“It is primarily in children, we know that children shed more viruses, and for longer than adults, and schools are a setting where transmission is more likely,” Dr Lester told reporters.

The latest school to have a case confirmed, Australian International Academy in Coburg, would not be closed, Mr Andrews said. The eight-year-old boy infected with swine flu attended school only last Friday, after being sick that week.

Victoria has more cases of the virus than any other state, with

11 infections confirmed.

Queensland isolates swine flu passenger onboad Qantas flight

In Queensland, authorities are advising passengers who flew into Brisbane on a Qantas flight from Los Angeles on Saturday to isolate themselves after a passenger tested positive to swine flu.

The 20-year-old woman was on Qantas flight 16 she is now in home quarantine. It\’s Queensland\’s second confirmed case of swine flu the 17th in Australia.

Authorities have begun tracking passengers who were near the woman on the plane they\’re advised to isolate themselves at home and to call the 13Health (13 43 25 84) hotline.

A Queensland Health spokesman says parents of any school-age children on the flight should keep them home for seven days to try to prevent the virus from spread.