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					                           Asia-Pacific Daily Press Highlights
                                 Thursday, 28 May 2009
               Note: VIC Daily News Summary will follow later this morning.

     North Korean Threat Shapes Gates Talks At Asia Defense Summit
     North Korea Warns Of Attack, Says Truce No Longer Valid
     Alert Level Against North Raised
     US Underscores Commitments To Defend SKorea, Japan
     Aso Hints Japan Urging U.S. To Get N. Korea Back On Terrorism Blacklist
     Japan, Russia To Work On New Resolution On N.Korea
     South Korean Police Brace For Ex-President's Funeral
     Obama Names Roos Ambassador To Japan
     Mainland Open To DPP Visits, Plans Trade Tours
     Cyclone Toll Hits 200 As Villagers Return Home
     Pakistan Taliban Claim Responsibility For Lahore Attack
     Sri Lanka Says U.N. Rights Vote Vindicates War Victory
     Myanmar Overshadows Europe-Asean Meetings
     Myanmar Hits Back At Critics Of Suu Kyi Trial
     Australian FM Condemns Attacks On Indian Students
     Global H1N1 Flu Spreads As Deaths Top 100
     Singapore Confirms Three More H1N1 Flu Cases
     New-Flu Infections In Japan Come To 355
     Australia Isolates Ship, Orders H1N1 Flu Vaccine
     New Caledonian Authorities Watch Suspected Swine Flu Case

North Korean Threat Shapes Gates Talks At Asia Defense Summit
North Korea’s nuclear test and bellicose rhetoric are raising the stakes for the U.S. and its Asian
allies as defense officials head to Singapore for an annual security conference this week,
Pentagon officials said. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will consult on potential responses
to North Korea in a meeting with counterparts from Japan and South Korea, his spokesman
Geoff Morrell told reporters in Washington. Gates is also set to confer with China’s deputy chief
of the general staff for the People’s Liberation Army, Lieutenant General Ma Xiaotian. The
North Korea crisis might change military conditions in the region, a U.S. official briefing
reporters on the trip said on the condition of anonymity. The security talks, scheduled for three
days starting tomorrow, follow North Korea’s threat that it would respond militarily to South
Korea’s planned participation in a U.S.-led program to seize weapons of mass destruction. Gates
aims to reassure allies that the economic crisis and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan won’t dilute
U.S. attention to the region or diminish security assurances under President Barack Obama.
Gates will be there “to tell them, just as he did last year, that we are fully engaged and committed
to this region, if not more so,” Morrell said. Clinton Pledge. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
underscored that point yesterday, saying the U.S. “intends always to honor” its commitments to
defend South Korea and Japan. (cont)
Source: Bloomberg; Viola Gienger

North Korea Warns Of Attack, Says Truce No Longer Valid
North Korea said Wednesday it was abandoning the truce that ended the Korean war and warned
it could launch a military attack on the South, two days after testing an atomic bomb for the
second time. The announcement came amid reports that the secretive North, which outraged the
international community with its bomb test Monday, was restarting work to produce more
weapons-grade plutonium. Defying global condemnation, the regime of Kim Jong-Il said it could
no longer guarantee the safety of US and South Korean ships off its west coast and that the
Korean peninsula was veering back towards war. The White House said it viewed Pyongyang's
threats as "saber-rattling and bluster" that would only deepen its isolation, with spokesman
Robert Gibbs saying that "threats won't get North Korea the attention it craves." US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton meanwhile stressed US commitments to defend South Korea and Japan,
saying in Washington "that is part of our alliance commitment that we take very seriously." The
United States still hoped the North would return to multi-party talks on ending its nuclear
programme, she added. The North's latest display of anger was prompted by the South's decision
to join a US-led international security initiative, established after the September 11 attacks to
stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. (cont)
Source: AFP

Alert Level Against North Raised
South Korean and the United States armed forces yesterday raised their alert level to its highest
since Pyongyang’s first nuclear test in 2006. The Ministry of National Defense in Seoul
announced that as of 7:15 a.m. yesterday, the five-level Watch Condition, also known as
Watchcon, has been raised a notch to Level 2 from Level 3. The ministry added that its five-level
combat alert Defense Readiness Condition, or Defcon, remained at Level 4. The decision,
reached by the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command, came after North Korea
conducted its second nuclear test on Monday. A day after Tuesday’s decision by South Korea to
join a U.S.-led anti-proliferation regime, the Proliferation Security Initiative, North Korea
threatened military strikes against the South and said it is no longer bound by the 1953 Korean
War armistice. North Korea also said the peninsula will be taken back to “the state of war” and
that it could not guarantee the safety of South Korean and U.S. military and civilian ships.
Defense Ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae said that under the heightened alert, the South Korean
and the U.S. forces will deploy additional intelligence collecting assets, including personnel, and
will strengthen reconnaissance efforts. Park Sung-woo, public relations director for the Joint
Chiefs of Staff in Seoul, said the recent series of North Korean actions, including missile
launches that followed the nuclear test and threats of military action, made it necessary to
intensify monitoring of North Korea. There are about 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South
Korea. (cont)
Source: JoongAng Ilbo; Yoo Jee-ho and Kim Min-seok

US Underscores Commitments To Defend SKorea, Japan
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed Thursday the US commitments to defend South
Korea and Japan amid continuing threats from North Korea. "I want to underscore the
commitments the United States has and intends always to honor for the defense of South Korea
and Japan," Clinton said. "That is part of our alliance commitment that we take very seriously."
Speaking during a visit by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, Clinton said the
United States still hoped North Korea would return to multiparty nuclear disarmament talks.
North Korea said Wednesday it was abandoning the truce that ended the Korean war and warned
it could launch a military attack on South Korea. The North's anger was provoked by the South's
decision to join a US-led international Proliferation Security Initiative, established after the
September 11 attacks to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The PSI, which now
groups 95 nations, provides for stopping vessels to ensure they are not carrying weapons of mass
destruction or the components to make them. The South announced it was joining on Tuesday.
Source: AFP

Aso Hints Japan Urging U.S. To Get N. Korea Back On Terrorism Blacklist
Prime Minister Taro Aso indicated Thursday that the government has been urging the United
States to put North Korea back on its blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism following Monday's
nuclear test by Pyongyang. In response to a lawmaker's request that Japan pressure the United
States to return North Korea to the list, Aso said, ''Things are moving in line with what you hope
for, although I cannot tell you what I talked about (with U.S. President Barack Obama) on the
phone.'' The remarks were exchanged at a House of Councillors Budget Committee session in the
morning between Aso and Ichita Yamamoto of the Liberal Democratic Party. On Wednesday
evening, Aso told reporters, ''I assume that the second nuclear test (by North Korea) may have
been a greater shock to the United States than we could imagine,'' and expressed hopes that
Washington will take a resolute stance against Pyongyang.        In telephone talks on Tuesday,
Aso and Obama agreed that the U.N. Security Council must swiftly adopt a new resolution to
impose ''additional sanctions'' on North Korea over the nuclear test, which was conducted in
defiance of an existing resolution, according to government sources. The United States took
North Korea off the blacklist last October after the reclusive nation agreed to a series of
verification measures at its nuclear facilities.
Source: Kyodo

Japan, Russia To Work On New Resolution On N.Korea
The Foreign Ministers of Japan and Russia have agreed to work together in pushing for a new
UN Security Council resolution condemning North Korea's recent nuclear test. The resolution
may call for additional sanctions against the North. Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi
Nakasone and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov agreed the move during telephone talks on
Thursday. Nakasone said the nuclear test cannot be tolerated, and that it's essential for the UNSC
to swiftly adopt a resolution calling for additional sanctions. He added that Russia, which holds
the rotating presidency at the Security Council, plays an important role, and that Japan will work
with Russia closely. Lavrov said Russia has made it clear that North Korea's nuclear testing is
unacceptable. He said the UNSC needs to issue a strong and clear message, and that Russia is
ready to discuss additional sanctions in a new draft resolution.
Source: NHK

South Korean Police Brace For Ex-President's Funeral
South Korean police spread a tight security blanket over the capital amid fears that the upcoming
funeral of former president Roh Moo-Hyun could erupt into violence. Roh threw himself off a
cliff near his retirement home last Saturday after being questioned by prosecutors as a suspect in
a corruption probe. Scores of police buses were parked bumper-to-bumper in the city centre. Riot
police with shields stood guard at corners and subway exits. Police declined comment on
security operations. Yonhap news agency said more than 20,000 riot police will be mobilised
when the funeral procession rolls through the city centre to an historic palace on Friday. Despite
low popularity ratings when he ended his five-year term in 2008, the former liberal leader's
dramatic suicide has sparked a wave of national mourning and a heavy police presence to
forestall protests against his conservative successor. The committee organising the funeral said
that as of Thursday morning, some three million mourners had paid tribute at altars across the
country, including one million who visited Roh's home village of Bongha in the southeast.
Outside one altar in central Seoul, thousands of mourners -- including company employees,
housewives pushing baby strollers and schoolchildren -- queued to lay white chrysanthemums in
front of Roh's portraits. Messages of condolence and regret were plastered on walls, many of
them accusing the current government of driving Roh to suicide through a politically motivated
investigation. (cont)
Source: AFP

Obama Names Roos Ambassador To Japan
US President Barack Obama has picked California-based lawyer John Roos as the new US
ambassador to Japan. The White House on Wednesday announced a slate of top diplomats in
capitals including Paris, London and Tokyo. Roos is an executive of a major law firm, and has
represented many technology firms in Silicon Valley in merger and acquisition deals. He was
also a key fundraiser in Obama's presidential campaign and has strong personal ties with him.
Roos is expected to take the position by summer, if Congress approves his appointment in July.
Harvard University Professor Joseph Nye, who advocates a stronger US-Japan alliance, had also
been considered a candidate. Obama's predecessor George W Bush picked a close friend,
Thomas Schieffer, for the position and Obama apparently also valued close ties in selecting
Roos. The appointment came as a surprise to many Japanese experts, who say he lacks
experience in diplomacy, unlike some of the previous ambassadors Thomas Foley and Walter
Mondale. Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura told reporters that Japan welcomes the
nomination because Roos has substantial experience as a lawyer, and is known for his
knowledge of the IT industry and economy. Kawamuara said Obama is thought to have strong
trust in Roos, and his appointment is a sign that Obama highly values the US-Japan alliance.
Source: NHK

Mainland Open To DPP Visits, Plans Trade Tours
Officials from Taiwan's opposition are welcome to visit the Chinese mainland, an official said
Wednesday. "We welcome more Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members to visit and
learn more about the mainland," said Yang Yi, a spokesman with the State Council Taiwan
Affairs Office. "As long as the DPP changes its secessionist stance, we would make a positive
response," he added. His remarks came after senior DPP figure Chen Chu, who is also mayor of
Taiwan's port city Kaohsiung, visited the mainland last week. She is the highest-ranking official
from the pro-independence party to visit the mainland in recent years. Zhang Guanhua, deputy
director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' institute of Taiwan studies, said Chen's visit
was a "landmark". It showed some members of the party are thinking about adjusting their
mainland policy, Zhang suggested, adding that it mirrors the mood of the public. The DPP
understands that as more people support cross-Straits exchanges and as more benefits are
realized through warmer cross-Straits ties, refusing talks and communication could not help them
win people's support, nor the election, Zhang said. A survey by Taiwan-based United Daily
News on Sunday showed nearly half of 968 people interviewed on the island think the DPP
should "loose its mainland policy". More than half thought DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen
should visit the mainland. But Zhang said inter-party communication between the DPP and the
Communist Party of China is not currently possible because the DPP has not given up "Taiwan
independence" in the party platform. (Cont)
Source: China Daily, Xie Yu, with XInhua


Cyclone Toll Hits 200 As Villagers Return Home
The death toll from a cyclone that tore through southwestern Bangladesh and eastern India hit
200 as villagers began returning to their homes to assess the damage, an official said. Cyclone
Aila slammed into the coast of Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal on Monday,
leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless after a tidal surge washed away villages,
roads and livestock. At least 131 people were killed and around 6,000 injured in Bangladesh, and
70 more died in India, officials told AFP.
Bangladesh government disaster control spokesman Mohammad Ashrafuzzaman said the worst-
hit areas were closest to the Indian border but deaths and damage occurred across 14 districts on
the southern coast. Around 220,000 mud and bamboo houses were washed away while another
300,000 were damaged, he said. "Military and civil relief workers were initially unable to deliver
food, fresh water and shelters to the regions worst affected, but supplies are now getting
through," he said. About 20 of those killed in the Indian state of West Bengal died a day after the
storm in mudslides caused by rainfall in the hill resort of Darjeeling, the state's chief secretary
Asoke Mohon Chakraborty said. In the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest that
straddles both countries and is home to about 650 endangered Bengal tigers, conservationists
were searching the area for tiger casualties. The low-lying region frequently experiences tropical
storms and cyclones during the monsoon season. (cont)
Source: AFP

Pakistan Taliban Claim Responsibility For Lahore Attack
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility on Thursday for a
suicide gun and bomb attack in the city of Lahore the previous day that killed 24 people and
wounded nearly 300. The government said the attack in a high-security area where a police
headquarters, emergency services building and a military intelligence office are located, was
revenge for an offensive against the Taliban in the Swat valley, northwest of Islamabad. The
army moved against the militants in the Swat region late last month after the Taliban had seized
a district only 100 km from the capital and a peace pact collapsed. A militant commander loyal
to Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud said the Lahore attack was to avenge the offensive
in Swat. "We have achieved our target. We were looking for this target for a long time. It was a
reaction to the Swat operation," the commander, Hakimullah Mehsud, told Reuters by telephone
from an undisclosed location. Militant violence in nuclear-armed Pakistan has surged since mid-
2007, with numerous attacks on the security forces, as well as on government and Western
targets. The violence and a perception the government was being distracted by political
squabbling and failing to act to stop the Taliban had alarmed the United States and other Western
allies. (cont)
Source: Reuters

Sri Lanka Says U.N. Rights Vote Vindicates War Victory
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Thursday said a vote at the U.N. Human Rights Council
had vindicated its prosecution of the war against the Tamil Tigers, and dealt a blow to Western
calls for a probe into possible rights violations. The military also said it had positively matched
the DNA of the bodies of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) founder Vellupillai
Prabhakaran and his son Charles Anthony, both killed last week in the final battle of Sri Lanka's
25-year war. Sri Lanka had faced what it viewed as a hostile session of the U.N.'s right council
on Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva, but took charge of it by introducing its own resolution
praising its defeat of the Tigers and winning its passage. The decision drove the Colombo Stock
Exchange up 2.5 percent to an eight-month high, building on a rebounding investor confidence
since the war's end, traders said. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said the original
resolution had been backed by nations "who were trying to undermine Sri Lanka's efforts in
countering terrorism". "The earlier resolution had various adverse ingredients, much to the
detriment of Sri Lanka's profile, its reputation, and in terms of its future agenda, including an
investigative element they brought in. We were able to defeat that," he told reporters. Rupert
Colville, spokesman for U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay, said that while
the Human Rights Council did not launch an inquiry in its two-day session, "we still think that it
would be the best route to follow". (Cont)
Source: Reuters


Myanmar Overshadows Europe-Asean Meetings
Talks between Southeast Asian and European ministers opened in the Cambodian capital
Thursday with pledges to boost ties, but Myanmar's controversial trial of Aung San Suu Kyi
loomed over proceedings. Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said in a speech that the
meetings would "mark another milestone for expanding and deepening" relations of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and European Union (EU). Czech Foreign
Minister Jan Kohout and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen echoed his sentiments during the
opening ceremony, but officials however indicated Myanmar would likely take up much of the
agenda. Asked what the message would be to Myanmar, Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya,
whose country is the current ASEAN chair, said: "I think you will see in the joint statement (at
the end of the day)." ASEAN ministers in an informal meeting Wednesday confronted Myanmar
on its treatment of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who is on trial for violating her house
arrest after an American man swam to her lakeside home. The group traditionally refrains from
interfering in the internal affairs of its members, but issued a rare rebuke to Myanmar last week
over the detention of the Nobel peace prize winner. "The discussion in the room back there was
that it (the issue of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners)... affects ASEAN's image
and ASEAN's collective interests," ASEAN chief Surin Pitsuwan said late Wednesday. (cont)
Source: AFP

Myanmar Hits Back At Critics Of Suu Kyi Trial
YANGON (Reuters) - Army-ruled Myanmar lashed out at foreign critics of Aung San Suu Kyi's
trial on Thursday, accusing them of meddling in its affairs and denying the prosecution of the
opposition leader was a political or human rights issue. Deputy Foreign Minister Maung Myint
rebuked his counterparts from Southeast Asia and Europe at a meeting in Cambodia, saying the
trial that could jail Suu Kyi, 63, for up to five years was an "internal legal" issue. "It's not
political. It's not a human rights issue, so we don't accept the pressure and interference from
abroad," Maung Myint told the ministers at the Phnom Penh meeting. It was the military regime's
strongest reaction yet to international outrage at Suu Kyi's trial on charges that she violated her
house arrest by harbouring an uninvited American intruder in early May. The Nobel laureate
denies the charges, which critics say are aimed at keeping her in detention during an election
next year that they say will entrench the generals' power after nearly a half century of military
rule. [ID:nBKK474356] The trial was adjourned to Monday after the court heard from lawyer
Kyi Win, Suu Kyi's only defence witness after three others were rejected by the judge without a
reason being given. Activists said it was the latest attempt by the regime to sabotage Suu Kyi's
defence since the trial began nine days ago. Nyan Win, one of Suu Kyi's lawyers, said the court
agreed to allow them to meet her privately on Saturday to discuss her defence. Final arguments
are due on Monday. (cont)
Source: Reuters


Australian FM Condemns Attacks On Indian Students
Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith condemned a wave of attacks on Indian students in
Melbourne after the latest assault left a 25-year-old fighting for his life. Indian student Sravan
Kumar Theerthala was stabbed with a screwdriver early Sunday morning when a group of
teenagers gatecrashed a party he was attending in the suburbs of Australia's second largest city.
He remains in intensive care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital following the attack, in which
police said three Indian students were also assaulted. It was the latest in a series of attacks on
students from the sub-continent which has prompted authorities here to set up a helpline where
victims can report incidents to Hindi and English-speaking operators. "I'm appalled by these
attacks and I condemn them absolutely," Smith said in a statement to AFP. "Australia takes very
seriously its reputation as a safe destination for Indian students." Smith said the problem was
centred around one location in Melbourne, which he did not identify. However, Victoria state
police estimate Indians make up 30 per cent of robbery victims in Melbourne's western suburbs,
where many of the students live. The foreign minister was responding to a strongly-worded
statement from Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna saying he was "appalled" at the
attack on Theerthala and his fellow students. (cont)
Source: AFP


Global H1N1 Flu Spreads As Deaths Top 100
The global H1N1 flu death toll marched past 100 on Wednesday with one new fatality reported
in the United States and four more in Mexico, the two countries where the first outbreaks were
reported. Prior to the latest North American deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had
reported the global toll at 95, with 13,398 people in 48 countries infected with the A(H1N1)
virus since it was first uncovered last month. In Chicago, a second H1N1 flu death was reported
by officials, bringing the US toll to 15. Mexico's four fatalities raised the country's toll to 89 with
100 new infections reported, bringing the total to 4,821, the health ministry said. Around the
world, efforts to control the disease continued as new cases were discovered. Two more
countries - the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean and South America's Uruguay - each
reported their first two confirmed cases of H1N1 flu, raising the number of countries with cases
to 50. Chile confirmed 119 cases late Tuesday, making it by far the South American country
most affected by the outbreak. Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador have also reported
cases. In Canada, the number of people infected with H1N1 flu soared past the 1,000 mark with
197 new cases confirmed Wednesday, according to health officials. Canada now has 1,118 total
A(H1N1) cases, including two deaths. The country has the largest number of infections after
Mexico and the United States. (cont)
Source: AFP

Singapore Confirms Three More H1N1 Flu Cases
Singapore on Thursday confirmed three more cases of Influenza A (H1N1), bringing the number
of infected persons in the country to four. A day earlier, Singapore confirmed its first case of
A(H1N1) flu, in a 22-year-old female Singapore Management University (SMU) student who
recently returned to the city-state from New York. The second confirmed case is a 43-year-old
Singapore Permanent Resident who returned to Singapore from San Francisco via Manila on
Tuesday (May 26) at 1750 hours. She was on Singapore Airlines flight SQ 917 and was seated at
33H. She became unwell while on board. The third confirmed case is a 28-year-old American
woman working in Singapore. She returned to Singapore from Honolulu via Tokyo on Tuesday
(May 26) at 2353 hours, on United Airlines flight UA 803. She was seated at 33C and became
unwell on May 26. The fourth confirmed case is a 28-year-old Singaporean man who returned to
Singapore from Chicago via Hong Kong on May 25 at 0036 hours. He was on United Airlines
flight UA 895 and was seated at 55H. He became unwell on May 25. The patients are currently
being treated at the Communicable Disease Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). In a
statement, the Health Ministry said their symptoms are relatively mild and all the patients are in
stable condition. Contact tracing of their close contacts, including passengers on the same flights,
is ongoing. They will be quarantined and provided with antiviral prophylaxis. (cont)
Source: Channel News Asia

New-Flu Infections In Japan Come To 355
The number of new-flu infections in Japan came to 355 in nine prefectures as of Wednesday
morning, as a sister of a 7-year-boy in Shizuoka City found infected with the new flu Tuesday
was also confirmed infected. The Shizuoka municipal government said the 4-year-old girl was
confirmed infected with the new H1N1 strain of influenza A in a detailed test she received after
her brother became the first new-flu case in the central Japan prefecture Tuesday. The two, along
with three other family members, arrived at Central Japan International Airport near Nagoya
from the Philippines on Friday. The girl and her brother were in stable condition Wednesday
morning, with their temperature falling to 36.5 C. Early Wednesday, the Kawasaki city
government in Kanagawa Prefecture, west of Tokyo, said a woman in her 30s living in the city
who recently returned from the United States was confirmed infected with the new flu.
Source: Kyodo

Australia Isolates Ship, Orders H1N1 Flu Vaccine
A cruise ship carrying three crew infected with Influenza A (H1N1) was Thursday turned away
from a north Australian port as authorities commissioned 10 million doses of vaccine and
confirmed cases rose to 147. The P&O liner Pacific Dawn was asked to cut short its trip to the
Great Barrier Reef and northern Queensland, and passengers would not allowed to disembark,
state premier Anna Bligh said. "This is a great pity for the passengers but this is the right thing to
do for public health," Bligh said. P&O owner Carnival Australia said the ship would no longer
visit any north Queensland ports "because there are unique concerns about the risks of
quarantinable diseases in that region". It would return to Sydney via Brisbane on Monday, three
days ahead of schedule, Carnival chief executive Ann Sherry said. Australian Health Minister
Nicola Roxon said the ship would dock at a major port "where appropriate public health support
will be available". Officials said the ship was forced to make an emergency stop at Airlie Beach
late Thursday after a child suffered a serious arm injury and required hospital treatment. Though
the child and accompanying family were not suffering flu-like symptoms, Queensland Health
said they would be quarantined for seven days before being permitted to return home. Roxon
earlier said the ship, now carrying 2,000 passengers, would be declared a quarantine zone if
necessary. (cont)
Source: AFP

New Caledonian Authorities Watch Suspected Swine Flu Case
Health authorities in New Caledonia are monitoring 85 people after five exhibited flu symptoms,
following the visit of the cruise ship Pacific Dawn a week ago on Thursday 21. The P&O ship
has cut short its cruise after confirmation that three crew members have the virus. Two
passengers on the 'Pacific Dawn' were also tested but have been cleared. Dr Jean-Paul Grangeon,
the Medical Director of the Department of Health and Social Affairs in New Caledonia, says
they are waiting on the test results of four people suspected to have swine flu. One other person
was tested for suspected swine flu, but the results came back negative. Dr Grangeon has told
Radio Australia that he is concerned that a health declaration submitted by the cruise ship made
no mention of illness. (cont)
Source: Radio Australia

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