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  • Obama at the Academy, I

    "The President of the United States is in the building," said Ralph Cicerone this morning at the academy as thousands of scientists filled the hallways, member center, great hall, auditorium, and offices. 

  • Swine Flu Spreads, But Severity and Genetics Remain Murky

    Although the spread of swine flu appears to be accelerating—and the virus is beginning to dominate global headlines—the World Health Organization (WHO) stopped short of ratcheting up the pandemic alert level this weekend, although it may do so on Monday or Tuesday. The Obama Administration has declared the swine flu threat a public health emergency, however, and many countries have begun putting in place measures to stop the virus.

  • CDC Looking Nationwide for More Swine Flu

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that it has not found any new cases of swine flu in the country other than the eight identified earlier. As of yesterday evening, Mexico reported it had 1004 suspected cases and 68 deaths (20 of which had been confirmed).

  • New Details Emerge on Swine Flu

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published new details about swine flu cases in the United States. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) dispatch supports earlier evidence that the virus spreads from human to human, adding six cases to the two discovered earlier.

  • Swine Flu Deja Vu?

    For a handful of scientists, the swine flu hitting the southern U.S. and Mexico bears an eerie resemblance to another outbreak more than 30 years ago. Then, a strain of swine flu hit soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, setting off panic and efforts to vaccinate 40 million people. The feared epidemic never materialized—but hundreds who received the vaccine fell seriously ill, leaving U.S.

  • Swine Flu Behavior "Potentially Scarier Than the Outbreak of Avian Flu"

    The level of worry about a swine flu outbreak in the United States rose a notch today, as health officials linked the virus that has infected eight people here to a strain circulating in Mexico that may have spread to hundreds of people and caused dozens of deaths. “Our concern has grown since yesterday,” said Richard Besser, the acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

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