1900 Passengers Quarantined on Cruise Ship in Australia that Departed from Hawaii Because of Influenza-Like Illness

A 15-year-old Melbourne boy is Australia’s latest swine flu case but authorities say the outbreak here is “fairly mild” compared to overseas.

As the number of Australian cases rose to 14, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd defended the government’s decision to upgrade the alert level to containment stage from delay.

Passengers on a cruise ship berthed in Sydney were quarantined for more than five hours on Saturday as they underwent checks after reporting cases of influenza-like illness.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said four passengers were found to have mild influenza-like symptoms and their test results were expected overnight.

The 1,943 passengers and 900 crew on board the Dawn Princess, which arrived from Hawaii, have now disembarked the ship…

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