Swine Flu Hits Australia Hard
During the past week, confirmed cases of swine flu influenza in Australia have jumped from 17 to 501
. The island nation now has more cases than any country outside of the Americas. The outbreak is centered in the state of Victoria, which has 80% of the cases and has closed several schools. Until now, Chile with 250 has had the most confirmed cases in the Southern Hemisphere, a region that epidemiologists are watching closely as it is now entering winter, influenza's favorite season.