Memo on DHHS letterhead Re Declaration of a Public Health Emergency

The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
United States Senate
S-221 United States Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20510
Re: Declaration of a Public Health Emergency
Dear Majority Leader Reid:
Office of the Secretary
APR 2 6 2009
I am writing to notify you that, as a consequence of confirmed cases of Swine Influenza A
(swHlNl) in California, Texas, Kansas, and New York, and pursuant to the authority vested in me
under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. § 247d, on April 26, 2009, I
determined that a public health emergency exists nationwide involving Swine Influenza A that
affects or has significant potential to affect national security.
Charles E. Johnson
Acting Secretary

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