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Photo Gallery: Overreacting to H1N1

Reconstruction of a Mass Hysteria The Swine Flu Panic of 2009

Swine flu kept the world in suspense for almost a year. A massive vaccination campaign was mounted to put a stop to the anticipated pandemic. But, as it turned out, it was a relatively harmless strain of the flu virus. How, and why, did the world overreact? A reconstruction. By SPIEGEL staff.
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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan