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Flu Overhyped? Some Say Officials 'Cried Swine'

Flu Overhyped? Some Say Officials 'Cried Swine'

(Source: Associated Press)

Lindsey Tanner and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

May 11, 2009

Dr. Robert Daum, a University of Chicago infectious disease expert, says authorities acted properly when news first broke about the new flu strain.

“It’s like overcalling a snowstorm in Chicago. You want the plows out even if it’s only going to snow a flake,” Daum said. If not, and a blizzard hits, “there will be an outcry like you’ve never seen before.”

Still, Daum says authorities have been a bit awkward in “downshifting” now that it appears the U.S. situation isn’t dire.

“I think it was right to place everyone on high alert, and now right” to say it’s time to calm down, Daum said.

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