President Barack Obama has declared the H1N1 “swine flu” outbreak a national emergency.
Obama declares H1N1 outbreak a national emergency
The White House on Saturday said Obama signed a proclamation that would allow medical officials to bypass certain federal requirements. Officials described the move as similar to a declaration ahead of a hurricane making landfall.
The H1N1 flu is more widespread now than it's ever been and has resulted in more than 1,000 U.S. deaths so far. Health authorities say almost 100 children have died from the flu and 46 states now have widespread flu activity.
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