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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. raymond jones

    It is being reported in your broadcast that 6 deaths have occurred in Canada which is untrue. In fact there are 6 reported cases of a mild infection of Swine Flu. Two cases in British Columbia and four in Nova Scotia.
    The students in NS are responding to treatment.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Rosemary Gillan

    There are no reported deaths in Canada...bottom of the screen states 6 dead in Canada from this flu virus. This of course needs to be corrected as soon as possible. Rosemary

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  3. eldon

    The TV coverage kept putting up a statement that 6 deaths have been confirmed in Canada. This is not true. There have been 6 confirmed cases, but none of them have resulted in death.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Stan Kurak

    check your information. There are NOT 6 DEATHS but six cases reported in Canada

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! I hope you had a great weekend.
    It doesn't seem difficult to contain swine flu–by keeping people out of crowds, etc. I hope, though, that health officials are able to find out more about the epidemic's origin–and how to control it through treatment.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Grant Fleming

    You say on the bottom of your screen that there are 6 deaths in Canada, please correct that there are 6 cases!!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Jack, and blogers

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  8. Patrick

    It's all fine about airlines permitting changes, but my wife and I are taking a cruise from LA on Sunday to Mexico, and RCI is not permitting any changes. This is wrong...Anderson, what can we do?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  9. lherman Tayupe

    Anderson: There are three confirmed cases of the swine flu in caracas Venezuela, all of them cofirmed people that traveled to mexico..

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  10. Laura - Va

    Anderson, have you ever heard of the swine flu outbreak in 1976? A 19 year old died of the swine flu at Fort Dix. 500 other soldiers had fallen ill with the swine flu.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  11. Halina

    Hey Anderson,
    Watching AC360 now, there is a mistake on the moving headline on the bottom of the screen....it said '6 deaths in canada and 1 in italy'...wrong!!! There are only 6 confirmed cases in canada, not deaths...please...4 in Nova Scotia and 2 in British Columbia...
    thank you....got to go back to watch you...
    sincerely,
    halina
    Calgary, AB, canada

    April 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  12. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! Anderson and Co. and my buddies. I am so relieved to know that my niece,who returned from a 10 day trip to Mexico,is not exhibiting any signs of illness.We had tried to disuade her from going when the drug cartel stories were all over the news,but she wouldn't change her mind.On the eve of her return we heard about the swine flu outbreak.Hopefully she will want to stay on safer grounds in the future.Please all of you,be careful.You can never be too safe.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Dennis Keough

    You may want to check your facts re 6 confirmed deaths in Canada.Wrong 0 deaths confirmed in Canada at last report at 1100pm ast.Dennis Keough

    April 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Frank Rinaldo

    Why is your ticker reporting 6 deaths in Canada and 1 in Spain, it should read cases not deaths.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  15. Michael in Michigan

    @Steve I'm going to buy some masks too maybe

    April 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Isabel

    The advances of today approximate people, but also bring their problems.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  17. Bryan J Arwood

    Educating people about ways to limit exposure is going to be the best way to prevent.

    Next, we need to educate people about symptoms. People need to understand they need to rest and treat symptoms.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  18. andersoncnn

    evening everyon.. dr nathan wolfe.. is going to be on the live chat answering your questions..

    April 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    My school is treating this like a normal flu outbreak like the one we had earlier in the year, sanitizing public computers...

    April 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Atlanta

    Thanks for all the news on the swine flu. It was really needed.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike in Syracuse......but you know that for every person we know about with the flu there is an exponential number that have been infected that we dont know about. Kinda makes you wonder why bother?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am not saying this isn't serious, but I think the media is fueling the panic about this flu.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Richard

    Question for Dr. Gupta: Can pets (dogs, cats) get infected with the swine flu from humans and vice versa?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hello Anderson, Erica and bloggers. What a Monday!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  25. Steve - southern Illinois

    I ordered a couple of boxes of N 95 masks today just in case.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Shelley, Seattle, WA

    Wow I seem to have more questions that you probably have answers....nor may anyone else. I do think the coverage in the media is appropriate as more people will heed caution by hearing the warnings from the media.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Anthony Guiliano

    Are the airports safe?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  28. Jen in Mex

    Good evening from "lovely" Mexico. If it's not the drug wars, swine flu or earthquakes, it's pretty nice. Bravo to Dr. Gupta for his courageous reporting. It's freaky here. I teach at a school and the PTA were handing out facemasks (they had the good ones, we got the cheap ones.) I hope this is more hype than not, but yeah, we're scared.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  29. Gary

    Could it possibly be that the American patients have ACCESS to medical care and DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT for medical care.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Nattada, Houston TX

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Dr.Sanjay Gupta, AC360 Team, and all bloggers.

    The number of confirmed infected patient is higher everyday. How scary. I heard that the virus will go away or fade down as the flu season pass. Hope it is true.

    Dr.Sanjay Gupta, hope you keep your mask on when you are not talking here. Keep you safe.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Isabel

    The choice of strains of the influenza vaccine for the northern hemisphere, usually are in February and March, and production is April to August, and the vaccination must be between September and October, before the winter.

    There is no way to review this new composition, in an emergency, to be included the strain of the swine flu this year?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  32. Michael in Michigan

    @Gary if youve hear possible 150 people have died in Mexico none here all have been mild cases except possibly one so it is a "tame" version of the Mexican strain even though its the same strain... possibly because of sanitation?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  33. Jen in Mex

    Godd evening from "lovely" Mexico. If it's not the drug wars, swine flu or earthquakes, it's pretty nice. Bravo to Dr. Gupta for his courageous reporting. It's freaky here. I teach at a school and the PTA were handing out facemasks (they had the good ones, we got the cheap ones.) I hope this is more hype than not, but yeah, we're scared.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  34. Marianne in Utah

    First SARS, then Avian Flu, now we have Swine Flu. The first two diseases seem to have been much ado about nothing. I truly hope this latest wave will have the same end result.

    However, I am getting tired of being told how afraid I should be.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  35. Gerry

    Anderson,
    Due to the genetic makeup of the virus (poultry, swine and human) the term "Hybrid influenza Virus" has been coined over the last hours as opposed to Swine Influenza – even though as off yet "Swine Influenza" is the term used most frequently.

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

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, everyone. Interesting that Dr. Gupta is going into the how doctors initially treated people who turned out to have Swine flu. Why does he need to use sort of a hidden camera?

    So if as Sanjay says people w robust immune systems can be vulnerable to inflammation, what is the treatment?

    Are Tamiflu and Relenza over the counter?

    I know this flu was present in Mexico for two months but is it possible to get a more precise timeline?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  37. Kathy, Chicago

    My concern is for my 4 elderly relatives that are flying out to go to my twins' graduations. They will be in 4 states in 4 days. I'm assuming that this will still be going strong in 3 weeks.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  38. Esma

    Indiana has 2 possible Swine Flu cases (per the local news), but more testing needs to be done on the samples to confirm it.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  39. Shelley, Seattle, WA

    How do Health professionals know that all these cases are definitely related to Swine flu? What are the symptoms that link the cases?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Mike, Syracuse, NY, I agree with you there, but Napolitano failed to take action. . . again.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  41. Mike, Syaracuse, NY

    @Casey, if you catch it early enough you can quarantine people.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  42. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    OK, so if I'm in a high-risk health group, I'm less succeptible because my body won't have the kind of extreme reaction that someone in a low-risk health group? Is that what Dr. Gupta was saying?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  43. Isabel

    The current influenza vaccine doesn't have, on the composition, the strains of the swine flu, but take it is a preventive measure to avoid contamination by strains of influenza selected for this year by WHO.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  44. Michael in Michigan

    @Jasmine also there is one other and that is sudden dizziness from it

    April 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  45. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Shouldn't the doctor have on his mask too while he on hospital ward?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  46. Shelley, Seattle, WA

    That is a great question Jennifer. Hopefully there are not many with syptoms of Swine flu with no Healthcare.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  47. Maren in Oregon

    I wish Sanjay could broadcats with his mask on! He's making me nervous for hijm.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  48. Ted Eldridge

    Are those who have died of the flu of lower socio-economic areas where there might be food and medicine concerns that could have kept them more vulnerable?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  49. Michael in Michigan

    @Jennifer that is a scary thought but your probably right if you are then there is probably alot more people with it then first thought. For the sake of us all i hope your wrong.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  50. Isabel

    Dr. Gupta, please, beware!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
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