Former Northern Rivers journalist Kate Corbett.
Former Northern Rivers journalist Kate Corbett. Supplied.

Flu scare for ex-Lismore journalist

A 29-YEAR-OLD former Northern Rivers journalist, now living in London, has told of her frustration at British authorities lack of action after she returned to the UK from Mexico with flu symptoms.

Kate Corbett, who worked for the Lismore radio station, 2LM, was holidaying in Mexico from April 13-23.

She had been attending a friend's wedding and had visited several places, including Morelia, three hours out of Mexico City, and Ixtapa on the Pacific Coast.

She came down with flu symptoms on Saturday (London time).

After hearing nothing from authorities, she contacted the National Health Service helpline, concerned she may have contracted the deadly swine flu. She was told to stay indoors.

Ms Corbett said she was shocked authorities had not contacted her after she returned from Mexico.

“They would have had records of me landing from Mexico City, but no-one contacted me, I had to do it all myself,” she told ABC Television.

“If there was nothing on the news I wouldn't have known anything about it.”

Ms Corbett, who was previously employed by Australian Associated Press in Canberra, writes on her Facebook page that she is now fine.



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