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The US military is ordered to place the contagion of swine flu under close observation with the disease having reportedly afflicted 40 people in the country.
"The US military is monitoring the situation closely," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman was quoted by AFP as saying on Monday.
Earlier in the day, the World Health Organization confirmed 73 cases of the flu worldwide.
"But if it were to turn out much worse you would see a rise in government spending and government intervention. This sort of crisis would be too big for anything other than governments."