April 27th, 2009
04:23 PM ET

Video: Swine flu source

As cases of Swine Flu spark global concern, Dr. Gupta travels to Mexico City, the epicenter of this outbreak. Tune in to AC360° at 10 p.m. ET tonight for more on the Swine Flu outbreak.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Public Health
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  1. Ness twina

    is traveling to ensalda mexico safe?

    April 28, 2009 at 2:51 am |
  2. George Crow

    I hope that everyone out there realizes that all of the 'carry baskets' and shopping carts at the stores have germs. Wear gloves and/or wash your hands frequently and do NOT touch your face while you are in the store and until you get home to wash!! Hopefully, most people already know this. George C.

    April 28, 2009 at 2:34 am |
  3. pat downey

    I am very frustrated with the coverage of Mexico and the influenza outbreak!! Please provide more information about what is happening in places OTHER THAN Mexico City. Like thousands of others, we have travel plans to vacation in Mexico soon, but not anywhere near Mexico city ( Cabo San Lucas starting this Thursday!!!). Our resort is telling us that the flu is simply not a problem there. Do you have any current information on Cabo??

    April 28, 2009 at 2:04 am |
  4. Richard Harwood

    Is this not the rallying cry of a non-partisan manner that would get all to see open lawless boarders are not good for any of we citizens ? and should those who suffer because of inaction or politically blocked action shall be considered criminal and jail-able

    April 28, 2009 at 1:21 am |
  5. Sara

    Please ask Dr. Gupta to remove that used mask he has draped around his neck. This is a basic rule of good infection control.

    April 28, 2009 at 12:08 am |
  6. kathi houchens

    I amleaving in3 weeks for Cacnun mexico. what should I do my son and his girlfriend are going with me. Our trip is already paid in full, if our goverment doesn't close the borders then I will not be able to get myu money back for this trip, could you pleasehelpme out with making a desision.
    kathi houchen
    columbus indiana

    April 27, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  7. kathi houchens

    I am watching your show right now , and I wANTED TO CHAT LIVE TO THE dR. ABOUT THIS PROBLEM WITH ME LEAVING IN 3 weeks for Cancun Mexico and I would love to speak to someone about this swine flu problem, please help me make a decission on wether or not to go on my trip May 11th
    thank you kathi houchesn

    April 27, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  8. kathi houchens

    I am traveling to Cancun on May11th next month. what do I do. if the us borders are not legally closed by our goverment I will not be able to get a refund on my money that has been paid in full for this trip. What are my options.
    Thank you
    Kathi houchens
    columbus Indiana

    April 27, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  9. Cher

    Hi guys,

    Can someone explain why this strain of flu contains avian, as well as swine flu? Could this have been deliberately manufactured?

    April 27, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  10. Diane

    How long after you recover from the flu can the virus be detected by laboratory testing?

    April 27, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  11. Kal

    Not much is being said or speculated about how long Tamiflu will be a viable treatment. It is nice to have all that Tamiflu available but even seasonal H1N1 has nearly become completely resistant to the drug. Are we not kidding ourselves into thinking this stuff will maintain its effectiveness for very long? I suspect a lot of unnecessary use is occurring already because people are scared but not really sick or in a high risk group. Would be nice to see the CDC website frequently update the susceptibility data for this hybrid-strain of H1N1.

    April 27, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  12. maria

    why if someone is diagnosed with the virus are the doctors telling them not to interact with other people just to be safe?

    April 27, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  13. Saer

    P.S.- my pharmacy informs me that oddly they cannot order any Tamiful.We are all in shock.

    April 27, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  14. Saer

    Suddenly the supply of Tamiflu has dried up in Canada. I was able to find 2 sources( enough for 4 people). But as it is a perscription..they will be gone by the time I can get a doctor's appt.The government has now stockpiled 3 million doses...enough for 10% of the population.
    They did this in a day? Hummmm

    April 27, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  15. Daniel oliva

    What should you do if you just bet cancer and you are still taking a kemo tablet

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  16. Daniel oliva

    What of u just bet cancer and it still doing a kemo tablet and your 15 yrs old

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  17. steven scholl

    Rumors abound with concern that this virus may have originated at a Factory Farm run by Smithfield that had not handled waste treatment properly. WILL YOU ACTUALLY REPORT ON THIS POSSIBILITY??

    April 27, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  18. Peter Klein

    Would like help from CNN in getting Princess Cruises in permitting passengers as the airlines have done to postpone a cruise rather than go into "harms way".

    Especially if an individual has lowered resistance, due to an illness.

    The note on the princess site is "They are considering the matter"

    Thank you for your interest in this matter.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  19. kim

    Hi, i have a trip planned to Acapolca on Thursday is the city closed down?

    April 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Jim Paulsen

    The swine flu problem is over. It was a lab or an intentional problem. After 3 to 5 days the ability to transmit the virus as a lethal virus ended. The only problem is that it wasn't an accident.
    Jim Paulsen

    April 27, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  21. Kelly

    We still need a Surgeon General Dr. Gupta.

    April 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  22. Chops

    Very Sad about what is happening with this 'swine flu'. Hope they can catch it in time and avoid this spread.

    Its possible that the only thing which can alleviate, if not controlled. The best way is to control it by vaccines, which shud be done in a large scale.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  23. Ed Ritcherson (Texas)

    I think America should CLOSE her borders, before it is too LATE!!!

    April 27, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  24. Annie T

    The United States close the Mexico bordars now before its too late if its not already.I live in San Antonio and Im scared.

    April 27, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  25. Annie Kate

    If I remember correctly the Great Flu of 1917-1918 affected mainly the young adults and middle aged too. The very young and elderly generally did not get it even though it too was very contagious. What do the people investigating this flu think about its comparison with the flu pandemic of 1918?

    April 27, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  26. Isabel

    Dr. Gupta, take care!

    What courage! Great work!

    April 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  27. gloria armstrong

    What "s next . Just one more thing this country has to deal with.

    April 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  28. Mariana

    Ummm Ok...Mexico City wasn't the epicenter of the outbreak. Honestly people get your facts straight. The outbreak started in the north and then in the southern stae of Oaxaca

    April 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  29. Phyl - Florida

    We all must take normal hygiene precautions, wash hands, use Purell, stay out of crowds, hujker down for now. Above all, don't panic, won't help the situation and can only make it worse. Media should inform but not yell, "fire" in a crowded theater, by fanning the flames of panic. Calmly keep us informed, and try to knock down rumors.
    Even heard one about Tamiflu being made by Rumsfields company and possible link. Rumor also claimed the combo was not natural and had to come from an experimental lab. These are the fears that media can allay if they really want to be of help in the situation

    April 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  30. Sharon Kitchen

    For anyone concerned: Pau d'Arco ( a herb). This does not cure a virus, but rather acts like a packman and forms around it ,so that your white blood cells can fight off any virus. I know I took it . My husband and Icame down with something no-one could identify and when I was able to stand I had us both take this. After 4 days we were on our way back to health.This was back in 1997 and this herb has been part of our medical supply ever since.

    April 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  31. Debbie from Houston

    Regarding the Swine Flu problem, what about people that cannot get a flu vacinne due to an allergy to eggs. What is advised for these people and can they take Tamiflu?

    April 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm |