Stovington, Vermont - Dr. Denninger of the Center for Disease Control has confirmed that this latest strain of flu, know as "SuperFlu" or "Captain Tripps" is now at the level of a national emergency.
Government officials have heretofore been reticent about covering this, and information as to what precisely happened in the small town of Arnette, Texas has not yet been released.
What is known is that shortly after the quarantine of Arnette, and indeed, much of the rest of East Texas, reports of this new and deadly flu started surfacing from coast to coast.
On the west coast, where it is popularly known as "Captain Tripps" or sometimes "Tube Neck", rumors abound of full hospitals turning away people and military trucks making runs to undisclosed dumps where smoke has been billowing out for days.
On the east coast the President is no longer denying it's an emergency, but is saying that there is no need to panic, and that vaccines are available for everyone.
Meanwhile, work continues on finding a cure, with particular attention being focused on one patient, a Stuart Redman, who while exposed to the shifting-antigen virus seems to have a natural immunity to it.
Said Nurse Patty Greer, "Well, sometimes he's a bit of an old poop about it, but he is co-operating all in all."