Swine flu panic sweeps through the US

Joe Biden, US vice-president, added fuel to the flames with unwittingly alarmist comments, writes Niall Stanage

2nd May, 2009

Panic about swine flu spread throughout the US during a week that began with President Barack Obama insisting there was not yet ‘‘a cause for alarm’’. It ended with his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, feeling the need to affirm that the president himself was not in peril.

The latter development came after it emerged that a special agent who travelled with Obama to Mexico last month had become infected.

The agent...

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