April 27th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/27/09

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Tonight, we have late breaking details on the swine flu threat. There are reports of possible new cases here in the U.S. We'll tell you where and give you all the details that you need to know. Plus, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be reporting live from Mexico City, where there are 172 suspected cases of swine flu.

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  1. Nebraska Lisa


    That bull looked like he was about a year old, so yes, he was going to go eat somewhere for awhile!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Maureen T, Canada

    Definitely what I need to put a smile on my face before I get to bed. But AC360 does that to me all of the time! Thanks Andy. Good night. Monday is almost over, what does tomorrow hold for us all?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Maren in Oregon

    When the chips are down, you're the one we want to hear it from, Anderson. Calm, informative, interesting and timely. You remind us that jouralism is also a form of public service. Good Show. Thanks, too to Sanjay Gupta, Randi Kaye and Dr. Nathan Wolf.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Celina Baginski

    We leave for Playa del Carmen this Wednesday. The flight lands in Cancun, then we take a shuttle to Playa. Should we go?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Dwayne

    So why is nobody talking about closing the border.....lets mitigate quickly. Or is this not PC. Time is not ours for being PC.....protect protect protect

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Saera El Paso, TX

    good night everyone
    stay safe

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Michael

    Why if there have been some people taken to the hopital that have tested positive for swine flu and been giving the tamaflu have been ok after taken the pill. Why should we be worry about the flu if after the pills patient start feeling better, doesn' t this mean is curable?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Merry in Austin

    Would wearing cloth gloves effectively preclude the swine flu virus when touching public door handles and such? And if so, would washing the gloves in the washing machine sufficiently cleanse them?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. George Megaw

    Swine Fever (and previous Spannish Flu) are thought to be most lethal to individuals who are 20-45 years old. One theory for why this is, because this age group is most healthy. This makes sense when we think that it is the cytokine storm created by the immune system that acutally causes the mortality. Does anyone think that it might be an idea to take allergy medicine (antihistamine) to dampen the immune response?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. John Vasquez

    When will all this whole matter be resolved? What are the actions that president Obama taking?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Nate

    I honestly dont think the swine flu is that big of a deal. In the u.s. Nobody has died and only about 5% of Mexico victims have. Will you guys please tell me why its such a big deal? No offence to you guys but i thing the media is makimg it worse and causing unneccesary panic. The regular flu has done more damage than this.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Mark

    If I was vaccinated for swine flu in the 70's, will that vaccination afford me any protection?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  13. Lauren--NY

    Erica, that's the point that's been sticking out for me, too. Very interesting.

    Thanks Anderson, Erica, Drs. Wolfe and Gupta and the whole team for a very informative show.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  14. Isabel

    It's getting dangerous to shop in the market ... lol ...

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  15. Esma

    So, with Swine Flu and angry bulls...it's Animal Farm!!!!
    Goodnight, everyone!!!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  16. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Enjoy your evening everying! O'Lay!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good night Anderson, Erica and fellow bloggers...Have a good night and a great tomorrow!

    A bull in a grocery store...haha! Awesome! 🙂

    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. Gina - Missouri

    Goodnite all!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. Isabel

    Good night, Anderson!!
    Good rest and lots of vitamin C!

    Good night, friends, bloggers!

    You, take care, please!


    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. starr formerly known as vincent

    THANK YOU Anderson & entire 360 gang (especially moderators) for a FACT based show on the swine-flu.

    Good night fellow bloggers – excellent questions and some very informative stories.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  21. paula

    if your family were booked for travel to san diego, would you cancel your vacation? (later this week)

    i am worried about the confirmed cases in the area and close vicinity to border crossing to and from mexico.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  22. Brenda Ratliff California

    Scheduled to go on cruise Sunday, May 3....traveling from San Diego to Catalina and then to port-of-call Ensenada Mexico..........your thoughts please....
    Thank you

    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. Lori from IL

    Good night all ...

    Until tomorrow ... peace (and don't panic!)

    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  24. ken jordan

    In 19 75 or 76 cant remember, I took the swine flu shot that the goverment told everyone to take to prevent the outbreak of the flu i personally saw nothing that year or heard of any outbreaks , question is was that the shot a lot people need today??

    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  25. Rafael, Orlando FL.

    Anderson and Erica,

    I will like to know can a Virus ( Swine Flu ) be transferred thru produce like onion, fruits comming from Mexico ? I understand that the Swine Flu is not a bacteria but if a worker in Mexico packing the fruits or veggies is sick can he pass the Virus that way ? Perhaps DR. Gupta can comment on this ?


    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  26. LisaL - Canada

    that bull shops the way i like to shop. in – down a couple of aisles – out [i hate shopping]

    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  27. C D E Blake

    DR GUPTA: If swine flu is air bourne, mucous membranes - nose, mouth AND EYEs are open portals. I haven't seen that mentioned. How can a small mouth nose mask help?

    Thanks. Stay well.

    D Blake, alive and well in Detroit, yes, Detroit

    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  28. David, Indiana

    @Julie, yep that's a great question, where are the hot spots? From what I gather, though, mainly Mexico City as of now.

    Hard to believe that btwn the mayor, the president, the FAA, no one thought to tell New Yorkers abou the flyover of Air Force One and the fighter jets.

    The markets were up in the morning seems like that shld be noted.

    A lot of people going to Mexico...

    April 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  29. Laura - Va

    Thanks for the Shot footage. It did make me smile. Good night everyone.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  30. Dolores Lois

    Some people don't like to go to the doctor or to a hospital. Will over-the-counter medications help alleviate the symptoms of the Swine flu or do they do more harm than good? Will taking over-the-counter medications mask the symptoms of the flu and allow it to progress to a dangerous stage?

    Doctors' offices and hospitals will be flooded with patients but wouldn't that be the best course of action. How early on in the illness should someone seek medical attention?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  31. Rosemary

    Thanks for all your valuable information. My husband and I are due to leave on Monday for vacation in Italy. Is there any reason to be concerned about going??? We have travel insurance but we really want to go. Thanks for helping to keep us up to date on all the important issues.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  32. Jacqueline, NY

    Goodnight all! Stay safe.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  33. angela.alvarado

    What are the symtoms of the swine flu like??

    April 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  34. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Thanks for bringing us some news directly from Mexico, Sanjay...always a pleasure to see you on the show...

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David G, and my friend twitter/facebook bloggers!!!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    See you tomorrow night!!!!
    Day of the shot with bull invaded in the store....... very funny shot!!!!!! LOL!

    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you tomorrow night!!! Have a plenty sleep! 😀

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  36. Kelly

    Is there any common link between those who actually died of this flu? Such as, were they smokers or did they have lung problems already? Seems that the most people who die are dying of lung complications. Any answers are appreciated.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  37. Maureen T, Canada

    Stay safe Dr. Gupta!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  38. Joanne

    As a classroom teacher, what should I be doing to prevent the introduction of the swine flu virus?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  39. Oscar

    I am 20,. I had same symptoms of swine flu about a month ago. My doctor diagnosed me with flu. Is there any chance it was the swine flu?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  40. MiaHawk

    Dr Wolfe,
    Each year a new mixture is contocted for a flu vaccine based on projection of which strains will hit in a particular. Will swine flu strains be added to next year's vaccine based on this outbreak?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  41. mickey

    Wash your hands–

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  42. Rosemary

    I've heard that an infected person is infectious 24 hrs before exhibiting symptoms. If one spends time with a person who later exhibits symptoms, what is the incubation period of the illness, i.e., when might one expect to get sick?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  43. Laurie Bech

    Can a virus from the influenza family exchange genes with a virus from the filovirus family? (if by chance it should happen)...

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  44. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Great show, AC, Erica, Dr. Gupta, CNN, etc. Very informative. Please stay safe bloggers. Take care. Buenas noches!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  45. Julie

    What about any foods or animals that have come into the US that might have been affected by people who have the swine virus in Mexico?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  46. Audrey

    Supposedly this virus flourishes in the cooler fal/ winter weather, We are past this stage, and soon will be summer, Won't this virus just die odd as the warmer weather arrives?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  47. Jacqueline, NY

    Is there any way to find out how this got started in Mexico?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  48. Bryan J Arwood

    Those who died, did they get early treatement?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  49. Alberto

    What medication is there for babies if they contract swine flu?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  50. Gary

    Fact: No one has died in the U.S. but many have died in Mexico. Could it be that our health care system is not a failed system?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
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