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I never much cared for pork...

Posted by Felicia on 12:30 PM
3 weeks and 2 days to go until Rick arrives here in the U.S. That is, if Australia doesn't institute their Fortress Australia pandemic countermeasures in the face of the recent outbreak of swine flu. That could mean that flights in or out of Australia are halted and things more or less shut down. Even if he does manage to make it out here, the chance is real that he might not be let back in right away if they institute those measures after he gets here. For right now though Australia hasn't had any confirmed cases of the swine flu, but they are seeking 22 Aussies who shared the same flight with the 3 New Zealanders who tested positive for it.

Australia has an amazingly thorough quarantine system because they must maintain a delicate balance in their country. Hopefully with that and their adequate vaccine supply the problem will not be bad enough to invoke such extreme measures. Here's hoping...

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Hmm, yeah, Australia's old system freaked me right out! When I flew in for the first time in 1991, as we were taxing to the terminal, the stewardesses walked down the plane opening all the overhead luggage bins. Then, they came walking down all the isles, holding two spray cans in each hand, spraying them above our heads as they walked. No warning. No explanation. I thought we were all being gassed! It was bizzare. They don't do that anymore. Thank goodness!

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