August 24, 2009 / 4:41 PM / 8 years ago

H1N1 flu "serious health threat" to U.S.: White House

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<p>A medical professional leads a volunteer to receive an experimental vaccine designed to prevent him from contracting the H1N1 swine flu virus, during early trials of the drug at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, August 10, 2009.Jason Reed</p>

OAK BLUFFS, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The H1N1 flu poses a serious health threat to the United States, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology said in a report released on Monday.

"The report says the current strain 'poses a serious health threat' to the nation. The issue is not that the virus is more deadly than other flu strains, but rather that it is likely to infect more people than usual because it is a new strain against which few people have immunity," the White House said.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, Editing by Sandra Maler

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