Australia's health protection officials are in talks about how to guard the nation from the pig flu outbreak in Mexico and the US.
A new flu feared to have killed up to 81 people in Mexico has "pandemic potential", the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Sunday, as concerns grow of the virus spreading in the US and worldwide.
Australia health officials, including chief medical officer Jim Bishop, are on Sunday holding talks.
The Department of Health and Ageing is liaising with the WHO, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health experts, a spokeswoman for the department says.
"Australia has good communicable disease surveillance and control systems in place to detect and respond to outbreaks of illness," she said.
"Anyone that has returned from Mexico with influenza-like symptoms since March this year should seek advice from their general practitioner or public health unit.
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