The 2009 H1N1 “Swine Flu” Outbreak: An Overview

Source: Sarah A. Lister, C. Stephen Redhead, Congressional Research Service, R40554, April 30, 2009

This report provides an introduction to the situation regarding the potential of a global human influenza pandemic caused by the new H1N1 flu strain; a brief chronology of events; a discussion of key actions taken and authorities invoked by the WHO and the U.S. government; information about key U.S. government pandemic flu planning documents; and sources for additional information about the situation as it unfolds. This report will be continually updated to reflect unfolding events.

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