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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Obama Declares H1N1 Virus a National Emergency


President Obama has signed a proclamation declaring the H1N1 influenza a national emergency. The proclamation will give doctors and hospitals more options for handling the pandemic.

President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency and empowered his health secretary to suspend federal requirements and speed treatment for thousands of infected people.

The declaration that Obama signed late Friday authorized Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to bypass federal rules so health officials can respond more quickly to the outbreak, which has killed more than 1,000 people in the United States.

This is a developing story, more shortly.

Also see -- 60 Minutes H1N1 is Spreading Fast and Can Be Fatal (Video and Text Versions)

President Obama declares H1N1 flu a national emergency

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