5 May 2009

Pitcairn briefly closes border over swine flu outbreak

1:30 pm on 5 May 2009

Visitors to Pitcairn Island must now undergo a health check because of the world-wide swine flu outbreak.

Officials closed its borders on May the 2nd, but reopened them hours later while demanding that visitors pass a health check.

Calling ships have only to produce a regular port health certificate upon arrival at the island.

The California-based Pitcairn Islands Study Centre director, Herbert Ford, says on Pitcairn, the consequences of an influenza outbreak are potentially more serious than elsewhere because of its residents' isolation from the rest of the world.