Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:46pm EDT
The declaration will make it easier for U.S. medical facilities to handle a surge in flu patients by allowing the waiver of some requirements of Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health insurance programs as needed, the White House said in a statement.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that swine flu has become widespread in 46 of the 50 U.S. states, a level comparable to the peak of ordinary flu seasons but far earlier and with more waves of infection expected.
Obama signed the statement on Friday night.
• Beijing’s first severe A/H1N1 flu case dies of other illnesses (Link)
• Indonesia says no policy change on bird flu samples (Link)
• 1st confirmed death of man 29 in Ankara/capital city (Link)
• CA: Frustration looms as H1N1 vaccines run out (Link)
• MA: Dramatic increase in H1N1 seen (Link)
• MI: Health Experts Surprised By School Closings (Link)
• NY: Hand sanitizer in short supply as swine flu hits (Link)
• TX: Mass swine flu vaccinations in the works in Dallas County (Link)
• TX: That flu shot you meant to get? It could be too late (Link)
• WI: Substitute teacher shortage (Link)
• Seven more die from swine flu in Vietnam (Link)
• UC Davis’ international effort to prevent new pandemics (Link)