ABORIGINAL people swamped their local clinic in the remote community of Kiwirrkurra yesterday, desperate for answers about how swine flu was transmitted to the most remote indigenous community in Australia.
West Australian health authorities flew yesterday morning to the tiny community of 150 people - more than 600km west of Alice Springs in the Gibson Desert - taking swabs from those showing flu symptoms and distributing antiviral medication.
The health team arrived as it emerged that Australia had recorded a second swine flu-related fatality: 35-year-old Anthony Splatt from Colac in southwestern Victorian, who had Type 2 diabetes and was obese, died on Saturday.
In Kiwirrkurra, there was fear and confusion among the scores of women who crowded around the clinic's gates as a doctor and nurse from the West Australian Health Department arrived.
The community was the first p
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