Swine flu confirmed on Gold Coast

FIVE members of a group of 13 Gold Coast residents who passed through Gold Coast Airport on Monday have tested positive to swine flu virus.

Members of the two families arrived home from Sydney after disembarking from the cruise ship the Pacific Dawn on which two children tested positive to the disease.

The five who tested positive are children aged five and seven, two adults aged 37 and an adult aged 45, Queensland Health said. 

Queensland's total of confirmed flu virus cases now stands at seven and the national total at 44

Meanwhile, more than 25 NSW North Coast residents who were also on the Pacific Dawn are being tested for swine flu.

They are part of a “sizeable group” of North Coast residents who disembarked from the ship in Sydney on Monday.

North Coast Area Health Service director of public health Paul Corben late last night urged people who had been on the ship to quarantine themselves for the next seven days.

“If any of them develop flu-like symptoms they should immediately go to the nearest emergency department,” he said.

Queensland Health advises anyone who was on Virgin Blue flight DJ531 to the Gold Coast from Sydney on Monday which touched down at Cool- angatta at 5.35pm and has flu-like symptoms to call 13 Health (13 432 584).

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