(form today's New York Times) "Responding to what some health officials feared could be the leading edge of a global pandemic emerging from Mexico, American health officials declared a public health emergency on Sunday as 20 cases of swine flu were confirmed in this country, including eight in New York City."
Fearing that Swine Flu outbreak could spread like wildfire, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, "it's like declaring (a state of emergency) before a hurricane. It means we can release funds and take other measures. The hurricane may not actually hit."
In other news:
- Denny's fearful as sales of "Grand Slam Breakfast" plummet.
- Walmart worried about potential decline in shoe sales once America is able to see its feet.