Responding to the Swine Flu Outbreak


On April 29, 2009, the World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert to 5, the secondhighest level. The United States Department of Homeland Security has declared a public health emergency over increasing cases of swine flu. As new cases of swine flu are reported, and media attention increases on the possibility of an epidemic, we recognize you may be grappling with how to address the situation. In an effort to assist, we offer the following general guidance on some of the more frequently asked questions on this subject, drawn from existing government publications and applicable case law and statutory provisions.

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