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In a bustling room full of computers, giant wall-mounted monitors and constantly ringing telephones, a newly gathered army is fighting a war.

The control room is staffed 24/7, and the leader recently had to tell his fighters to make sure to take a day off per week.

This is the Emergency Operations Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has ramped up its resources to tackle swine flu, a new disease that experts say may evolve into a global pandemic.

"The last time when we were really at this level was Hurricane Katrina," said Toby Crafton, operations manager.

The CDC has 400 people tasked to work on the virus, also called the 2009 H1N1 flu, Crafton said. The agency had deployed 50 people to various U.S. states and Mexico by Friday. Read full article »

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