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Australia to be tested with Bird flu simulation

The Federal Health Minister, Tony Abbott has announced a four-day bird flu pandemic simulation to test Australia's quarantine and health systems on Monday. //

According to him the $4 million exercise will be the biggest health crisis simulation ever undertaken in Australia and has been planned to involve over 1,000 Commonwealth and state government officials and staff.

Mr Abbott has revealed that part of the exercise would involve a passenger carrying bird flu arriving at Brisbane Airport on Tuesday.

He said, "It will help test our border control, disease detection and surveillance, contact tracing, quarantine and treatment systems."

"It will also test our decision-making structures, our coordination mechanisms and our communication strategy."

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