The swine flu is spreading across the States, as shown by Google Maps. WebMD is reporting that the U.S. is declaring a public health emergency:

April 26, 2009 — The U.S. government today declared the swine flu outbreak a public health emergency. Swine flu has sickened at least   20 people  in the U.S., by the CDC’s latest count.

“We are declaring today a public health emergency,” Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said today at a White House news briefing. That declaration is “standard operating procedure,” Napolitano said. “It is similar to what we do when we see a hurricane approaching a site. The hurricane might not actually hit but allows you to take a number of preparatory steps. We really don’t know ultimately what the size or seriousness of this outbreak is going to be.”

As part of the emergency, the Department of Homeland Security is releasing 25% of stockpiled antivirals — Tamiflu and Relenza — to the states. […]