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Australia's swine flu alert level raised

Australia's swine flu alert level has been raised from delay to contain.

The announcement by Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon this afternoon comes after after the first case of human to human transmission was confirmed at a school in Epping, in Melbourne's north.

Ms Roxon says equally concerning are the two cases of the virus being contracted by people who have not travelled recently or been in contact with someone carrying the disease.

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Swine flu set to escalate

Victorian health officials prepare to raise the local alert level as the number of swine flu cases in the state rises to seven.


The upgrade in alert means further measures are likely to be put in place across the country to try and contain the spread of the H1N1 virus.

The Epping high school remains open after a 17-year-old student was diagnosed with swine flu.

The St Monica's College student is believed to have first fallen sick following a two-week work experience assignment.

Acting Chief Health Officer Rosemary Lester said the boy had been sick on Saturday and had seen a doctor on Monday.

He had stayed off school until yesterday.

A Department of Human Services spokesman said a staff member who the student had been working with had also been ill, but was not believed to have shown swine flu symptoms.

It remains a mystery as to how the student contracted the virus and authorities are continuing to investigate.

St Monica's College students at the Davisson Street senior campus have this afternoon been handed information sheets and told the chance they had been infected was ``not impossible but extremely low''. The school this afternoon gave out a letter that appeared to have incorrect information about how the student had fallen ill.
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