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Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009 Causes Concern

The spring 2009 outbreak of H1N1, more commonly known as swine flu, in Mexico and the western United States put public health officials on alert. In an April 24, 2009, broadcast, Dr. Richard Besser from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expresses concern that the virus could lead to a worldwide pandemic.

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