The insane worldwide panic preceding a potential (though unlikely?) worldwide pandemic of swine flu reached new heights today, with Australian flights from California being screened before deplaning and a woman in Hong Kong hospitalized after visiting (gasp!) San Francisco.

Australian news org ABC has reports of passengers on a Qantas flight from SFO to Sydney being greeted upon landing by health officials who boarded the plane and asked anyone with the sniffles to please raise their hand (and presumably prepare for execution on the tarmac).

Meanwhile, China Daily reports of a 27-year-old woman hospitalized in Hong Kong for testing after returning from a visit to (gasp!) San Francisco!