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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. Kathryn

    All emphasis has been on Mexico City. Most of students are returning from Cancun or Cozumel mexico. What is the status of spread of swine flu in those places?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Pat Byrd

    We have a cruise to Progresso and Cosumel this weedend. Should we go and stay on the boat. Do you think we would be o.k.?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Sonja

    Are the fatalities from this flu strain due to the disease itself or the complications, i.e. pneumonia? If it is due to secondary complications, would it be wise to get innoculated with the pneumonia shot now? I had a pneumonia shot 10 years ago–should I get another one?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Maren in Oregon

    Interviewing Ariianna wa very helpful. We got real info about symptoms and the encouraging sign of a healthy teenager whose illness has passed. Good call!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  5. June

    Just got back from Mexico...how long is the incubation period of the swine flu? No symptoms...just want to know how long I have to worry.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  6. tyrone

    any outside of Tamaflu as cure treatment

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  7. victoria

    i am pregnant and normally get sick pretty easy as it is. i am in florida and will be flying back home to sacramento, ca on may 9th. shouldi wear a mask when i fly?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Ken

    AC, I am a U.S. citizen living in Mexico, people here are looking for medicine. we can't find Tamiflu here and nobody at pharmacy knows about it. Do you know of a different name in Mexico. People here think government is hoarding supplies as well as face masks (all stores are out).

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  9. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good Question Anderson... What is being done to stop it from coming into the US? I am waiting for that answer...

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  10. Sam

    I traveled to Mexico City last Tuesday and would like to know the incubation period of the swine flu? How long to wait before I need not worry that I may have caught the swine flue?

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

    Could there be a relationship between air pollution levels and swine flu fatalities? Mexico City is known for polluted air, so perhaps the lung inflammation aspect of the virus is made worse?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  12. Gina - Missouri

    Just turned on AC360, is swine flu really so much worse than the regular flu? Are those who've died been healthy before their deaths with this flu?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  13. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The flu shot would not be efective? I hope that they can devlop a vaccine soon .

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  14. diana baron

    when i read that the ages of the people that had died in mexico were in their 20s and 30s, i called my doctor to get a prescription for tamiflu for my son who is 20. i called 2 CVS pharmacies and 2 pharmaca pharmacies and they all said they did not have it in stock and didnt expect to have any until mid June. i'm listing to the young woman who got better with tamiflu, but it doesn't sound as if there is an ample supply in los angeles best, diana

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  15. kevin

    what are the all the swine flue simtoms can you please let me know I have 2 kids 3 and 4 and would like to take percations early thank you
    kevin r brown citrus heights ca

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Paula

    My fiancee and I have our wedding planned in Cancun at the end of May...we have 80 people from across the US planning to attend. We're staying in a resort area, at an American hotel chain....what sorts of precautions should we give to our guests? Can we get a prescription of tamiflu before we go, just in case? Do we cancel our wedding?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  17. Nathan Sosa

    There has been a pig-to-pig virus going around that has been killing pigs nationwide. Is the swine flu the same as the virus that pigs are getting from each other?

    Thanks,
    Nathan Sosa
    Bluff, Utah

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Lori, Ontario, Canada

    this may have been asked already and even answered but ... is there any risk of this spreading through produce from Mexico?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  19. Janet B.

    I have been watching your coverage of the Swine Flu outbreak in Mexico – where I live – and am increasingly disappointed. You who pride yourselves on "understanding the people where they live" seem to not be taking into account the Mexican culture at all. Many people do not go or cannot afford medical care; armed guards are at almost all public buildings, all the time; regular, everyday greetings include a kiss on the cheek and a close handshake, even among business associates. And, teenagers would – logically – be the last to go to a doctor in any part of the world. Please do some more calm research, folks!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  20. kenny

    Good evening, Anderson,

    Shouldn't people who feel flu like symptoms be told to contact their primary doctor and not flood the emergency centers who are already feeling the rise of people's panic?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  21. Juan

    Good Night, there's some issues in travel to the US from Latin America..?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  22. Sue

    My daughter is a college student at UCSD and was sick with the flu this past Friday-Sunday (4-24-26) She had vomiting, diareahea and a fever. Sunday morning she was feeling better and was able to keep some fuids down. Today she is better and back at school. She stayed in her room for 2 1/2 days. I was wondering if she went to the health clinic at UCSD if there is a test to see if she had the Swine Flu?
    Thank you!
    Sue

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  23. Bob

    Is there any immunity provided by the Live Attenuated Vaccine vs the Injectable vaccine?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  24. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Sherrie....each cruise line is different. Princess, specfiically, is not issuing refunds at this time (as reported on CNN earlier)

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  25. Michael

    I've read about phanges. Can they be used in this case?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  26. Manesh

    If there are just as many cases in the US as there are in Mexico, does it make sense to cancel a trip to Mexcio?...Will it not be just as dangerous to stay in the US?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  27. mickey

    if the GOP had had their way , Napolitano would not be head of homeland security and we have no head of HHS due to their delay at the moment we have a swine flu outbreak

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  28. Mom

    My son will be spending a May semester in Ecuador. Should he bring Taviflu or an antibiotic with him in case he should need it. Any other suggestions concerning his travel and health will be appreciated

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  29. Robin in Tampa, FL

    I am not to concerned about the swine flu ... it is just Influenza, simply take the normal precautions of washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough and sneeze.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  30. Stuart

    I've heard that some teenage fatalities from this flu have died on the fifth day or so due to fluid filling their lungs. This is a result of an overactive immune system response.
    Would a doctor giving victims steroids prevent this fatal complication, or would the steroid suppression of the immune system make things worse?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  31. Glenn

    Is the reason there have been no fatalities outside of Mexico because the suspected cases have been treated early with Tamiflu or Relenza ?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  32. Bruce and Kay

    We returned from Cancun last evening. We feel fine but what is incubation period of the virus? Kay and Bruce

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  33. Brooke

    I am leaving for Cancun this Thursday morning. Should I cancel my trip or proceed with caution.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  34. mae

    how long is it gonna take you to be able to make a vaccine for this virus?

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

    Oh man. Hearing that description of how sick that young lady was is scary.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  36. MARGARET LANG

    Is it possible to get Swine Flu from food handled by a person already infected? We purchase mangos from Mexico. Should we continue to use Mexican products or is it safer to avoid them?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  37. reggie

    im traveling to california tommorow and im wondering where the cases of the swine flu from cali are located. im going to anaheim.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  38. DARREN D

    watch out it looks like our shadow government has started a bio weapon / they want you to panic so you get a vaccination. i have listened to experts who have worked in bio weapons labs and they explain how these flus dont jump from animals to humans with out being enginiered. the vaccination can be worse than the flu itself.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  39. Isabel

    It must be daunting and complicated experience symptoms and have the doubt of the diagnosis until it is confirmed or not swine flu

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  40. Lloyd

    You really need to get your stories correct before posting them on your news ticker – there are 6 confirmed cases in Canada – not deaths – no need to try and create stories...lets stay focused people

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  41. daniel feuerstein

    how long will it get to get a vaccine for the swine flu??

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  42. Samuel

    Hello –

    I trust this finds you all well. I'm wondering when, if ever, the flu vaccine will include this new strain? Will it be available for the next seasons flu shot?
    Thanks!
    Samuel

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  43. Alex

    Will this Virus could become stronger and more lethal in the us, since the cases here are just mild

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  44. Marie

    Hi all! Just wanted to ask people to watch out for friends & family that already have health issues. This flu could be devastating for them.

    Take care!

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  45. Carolina

    i have a trip booked and paid for for June 5to Cancun for me and my kids. Is this safe.. Should I cancel??

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  46. shannon

    I am a federal employee in a health care facility in Tulsa, Ok. I am slated for travel to San Diego May 11th for work related training. How likely is travel restriction as cases increase? My concern is being able to travel in, but not being able to get out. Thanks for response.

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

    I still don't understand how they know all these cases of Swine flu are related??

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  48. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The flu's in the U.S seem to be more mild but is tamiflu the cure for this ?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  49. Barbara in Boston

    Question for Dr. Wolfe: Wasn't there an outbreak of swine flu in 1968? Do people who were exposed then have any immunity to this new variant or don't we know that yet?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  50. Jack

    Should I be concerned about my son taking a flight from Portland to Atlanta to Kentucky tonight with this swine flu risk, he has a head cold and is coughing.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
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