I wasn't refering to pandemic level but rather seeing actually virus disease spreading thru out in the modern world. Just that avian flu didn't really spread quite well as compared to H1N1. I am not well verse with flu but it requires bird as the carrier right and affecting people close to these creature. While there are many deadlier flu spreadng all over world as read, I can only related locally.
As to whether Australia govt and citizens' mindset were correct, I disagree. I would easily presume that they would do the same if a more deadlier strain appear reason being people dying from flu is so common to them.
I would say, the H1N1 is more successful with infection. When H1N1 started, one country, then the next like a firestorm into the community. SARS was scary but the symptom was fast, thus didn't get too far before contained. H1N1 is easily confused thus nobody know when is infected, so it is like who is the murder in the mansions. I got this feeling that people fear the the quarantine more than the disease.
Imagine, another strain of H1N1 with the same hiberation period but deadlier this time. How are we going to stop that?