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    Australia simulates bird flu outbreak
    Reporter: Tracy Bowden

    Murray Bridge, an hour's drive east of Adelaide on the banks of the Murray River, is about to become the epicentre of a national emergency. 3,000 hens have just been delivered to a poultry farm on the outskirts of town but the owner makes a disturbing discovery. More than 100 of the birds are dead on arrival. Within 24 hours, 15 per cent - almost 500 birds - have died. A vet arrives from the South Australian Primary Industries and Resources Department to investigate. He concludes that avian influenza is the likely cause. The property is placed under quarantine and samples are sent for analysis. Almost half the original shipment of birds has now died. Type A influenza is detected in samples. The Victorian property which was the source of the birds, is also placed under quarantine.

    NEWSREADER: Our top story - health and agricultural authorities in South Australia are urging people who feel ill and who have recently been in contact with live poultry to take themselves to hospital.

    TRACY BOWDEN: There are now signs that the virus has reached the outskirts of Australia's largest city, with samples sent for analysis from the property in Camden, south of Sydney. Meanwhile, whole poultry flocks are being destroyed as native birds are watched and tested. It's a nightmare scenario but is Australia prepared for such a reality? That's what this exercise will reveal.

    GARDNER MURRAY, CHIEF VETERINARY OFFICER: There'll be 1,000 people involved but the primary players are probably 500 or 600 in number. It's very unlikely, but real - by that, I mean the probability is low but if it does occur we must be ready for a worst-case situation.

    Dr GRAEME GARNER, PLANNING MANAGER, AGRICULTURE: The situation at this stage, as at 4pm yesterday afternoon, remains that we have two infected premises, three dangerous contact premises and five suspect premises involved across three states.

    TRACY BOWDEN: Day five of the simulated crisis, Exercise Eleusis, and for the first time, key health and agricultural figures gather at the National Coordination Centre in Canberra.

    PETER YUILE, CRITICAL INCIDENT MANAGER, AGRICULTURE: The hotline is up and running, the website is up and running, there's a level of information and assurance which I think we need to get out there.

    TRACY BOWDEN: By late morning, the authorities' worst fears are realised.

    Dr BOB BIDDLE, DEP CHIEF VETERINARY OFFICER: We have a confirmation of H5N1 in the Fabio premises in South Australia.

    MAN 1: Right.

    Dr BOB BIDDLE: And we have a confirmation of H5 in the Camden premises in NSW.

    TRACY BOWDEN: Over in South Australia, news that will propel the crisis to another level.

    PROF CHRIS BAGGOLEY, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, STH AUST: Apparently an adult male's been taken to the Murray Bridge Hospital, are you aware of this?

    TRACY BOWDEN: This is the first suspected human case. The farm manager from Murray Bridge has been admitted to hospital with respiratory problems. Back in Canberra, the politicians have arrived.

    TONY ABBOTT, HEALTH MINISTER: What I'd like to know is precisely what you guys have done and what action has been taken in respect of this particular case of suspect human bird flu.

    TRACY BOWDEN: Tony Abbott isn't the only one who wants answers. It's five days before the first news conference is held.

    REPORTER 1: How long have you known about this, gentlemen? How long have you known about this...

    REPORTER 2: Outbreak.

    REPORTER 1: ...outbreak. How long have you been sitting on this information?

    PETER YUILE: We have a national plan, tested and tried.

    REPORTER 3: When are we going to find out whether they've actually got bird flu or not? I mean it's not just a question of sick poultry now, is it?

    PROF JOHN HORVARTH, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER: You will find out as soon as the tests that are currently being taken -

    REPORTER 3: And how long will that take?

    TRACY BOWDEN: Australia's Chief Medical Officer says the most element important element of this exercise is not what goes right but what doesn't.

    PROF JOHN HORVATH: These are very complex and the whole aim is to find out where things in a sense go wrong. I'm more interested in the things that don't work than the things that do work.

    TRACY BOWDEN: In the meantime, the poultry and egg industry is reeling. As supermarkets report a dramatic slump in the sale of fresh and frozen chicken, the industry goes into damage control.

    JAMES KELLAWAY, CEO, AUSTRALIAN EGG BOARD: What we might do is get onto the task force members and get them to distribute the fact sheets that we've developed for consumers.

    MAN 2: Right.

    JAMES KELLAWAY: And communicate with editors and journalists.

    MAN 2: I think that's a good idea.

    TRACY BOWDEN: With the focus on the suspected human case, the Federal Health Department holds its own top-level talks.

    MARY MUMANE, DEP SECRETARY, DEPT OF HEALTH: You are all aware that there have been outbreaks of avian influenza in three States and as well this morning, there are two suspect human cases, one in South Australia and one in Victoria.

    Dr LESLEE ROBERTS, EARLY WARNING & RESPONSE TEAM: All of the affected jurisdictions have alerted general practitioners and emergency departments to be aware that there are human cases of bird flu acquired from animals.

    TRACY BOWDEN: By day's end, there are at least five suspected human cases of bird flu in four states. Quarantine conditions are extended across properties in Victoria and New South Wales as the mass slaughter of birds continues. The public becomes increasingly alarmed. By now, crisis centres are operating in every capital city.

    OFFICER (CRISIS CENTRE): And I'll try and send you the latest briefing.

    TRACY BOWDEN: And the new day brings the worst news yet.

    BRAM ALEXANDER, DEPT OF HUMAN RESOURCES, VICTORIA: There's been confirmation of a farm manager or worker who has died in South Australia from avian influenza.

    TRACY BOWDEN: But it's more than an hour before headquarters in Canberra is made aware of what's happened.

    MAN 3: The big news this morning is first of all, the diagnosis of H5N1 and the second big news is that he's dead.

    REPORTER: I missed that. He was confirmed H5N1?

    MAN 3: Yes.

    WOMAN 1: And he died.

    TRACY BOWDEN: Incredibly, this vital information isn't immediately passed on to those at the top.

    JOANNA HEWITT, SECRETARY, DEPT OF AGRICULTURE: I have some work to follow up on immediately in relation to the public communications and clearly, this question of the confusion about a death or not a death, is fundamental to what the public response to the evolving situation is likely to be.

    TRACY BOWDEN: But how to break the news.

    PETER YUILE: This is the only story that people will be interested in.

    JOHN HORVARTH: I don't think it should be the big story. I regard the human death as predictable and almost a side issue.

    TRACY BOWDEN: That's an approach the Chief Medical Officer will later admit was wrong.

    REPORTER 3: The guy has died and you don't know his name?

    JOHN HORVARTH: No, I don't know his name.

    REPORTER 3: You must be alarmed at the possibility of more deaths?

    JOHN HORVARTH (Addressing a press conference): We are concerned and that's why high-level committees have been meeting through the day yesterday and will continue to meet and monitor the situation.

    JOHN HORVARTH (Addressing 7.30 Report) From the media representing the Australian community, the loss of a life in the exercise scenario was very important, and it was interpreted as insensitive. I think we learnt something by that.

    TRACY BOWDEN: As antivirals are dispatched across the nation, the authorities consider the next step.

    MARY MUMANE: We will also begin now to deploy the stockpile. We will start now to look at whether we invoke the Quarantine Act.

    TRACY BOWDEN: One person is dead, four others remain in intensive care and tens of thousands of birds have been slaughtered. If these events were real, hospitals would be on full alert but the health system is not part of this exercise; its turn comes next year. Exercise Eleusis ends here, so how did the people who would manage a genuine bird flu outbreak perform?

    GARDNER MURRAY: I think it went very well. The good points to come out of the exercise was our infrastructure in place in Australia seem to be there and seem to be sound. Our systems are well developed, as are our plans.

    JOHN HORVARTH: So overall, I would have given it a good 8 out of 10.

    TRACY BOWDEN: But there is one concession that probably comes as no surprise.

    JOHN HORVARTH: There were most probably too many meetings where people had to spend a lot of time extracting and distilling information.

    TRACY BOWDEN: The truth is we won't really know how well prepared we are until it happens and we're told there is a 10 per cent chance of an avian flu pandemic in the next 12 months.

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