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Between yesterday and today the CDC's reported total of confirmed US swine flu cases rose by 948, well over 25%, to 4,298. See http://cdc.gov/h1n1flu/  Yet the administration and the media have now placed the disease on the back burner, it would seem. For instance NY Times has stopped offering its interactive flu tracker on its website. Yet in 2 paragraphs at the tail end of an inside-page Times story yesterday  was this:

"It is becoming clear that the epidemic in the United States will mirror the epidemic in Mexico, and similar rates of severe illness should be expected. The outbreak across Europe is still spreading slowly because the Europeans aggressively treat every suspected mild case with Tamiflu, health officials said.

"The United States now has more than 3,000 confirmed cases two-thirds in people younger than 18 but only 116 hospitalizations. But officials note that hospitalizations take slightly longer to appear in statistics and deaths take much longer."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/health/research/13flu.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=flu%20pregnancy&st=cse

It appears the US is being far more cavalier than the Europeans, but the advantage of slowing the epidemic as much as possible is that that might allow a vaccine to be produced in time to protect many. 

The number of US case now can be expected to be in the millions in six weeks or less. What will happen to the whole Obama program if that happens and his administration is blamed for not reacting more strenuously? And how many people will needlessly get very sick or die? 

Best,
Michael