So what's this all about? US President Barack Obama has declared swine flu a national emergency. BBC NEWS | Americas | US declares swine flu 'emergency' "Health officials say the infections are already comparable to peak season flu levels." Ok, so it's not the time of year that there could be a peak of seasonal flu? "It allows authorities to bypass certain federal requirements in order to deal more effectively with emergencies." Oh but of course it does. "Although figures are hard to verify, it is thought H1N1 has hospitalised about 20,000 people in the US." I saw a poster in the local pharmacist's here recently, listing the symptoms of 'swine flu'. Guess what, it's the same as.....well you know....flu! HOW SWINE FLU OUTBREAK EMERGED Not that I'm skeptical or anything mind you but a guess? In a laboratory?