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April 28th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/28/09

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Here's your chance to comment on tonight's show. Discuss the swine flu outbreak, Sen. Arlen Spector's party switch, and more with Anderson, Erica Hill, and the AC360° staff.

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  1. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I can't believe how good the feed is from Mexico.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  2. Samantha M.

    The fact that the boy recovered makes me less worried.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  3. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Dr. Gupta is so awesome! Take care Dr. Gupta! Wear that mask!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  4. Jen in Mex

    Good evening everyone. Thanks Anderson, Erica, and your great staff for being on top of everything for us.

    For the Mx. government to take the steps they have, closing schools nation wide, businesses, etc... has locals thinking that they know more than they are letting on...
    Re: piggies in the neighborhood – In Mx you can usually find pigs everywhere except in major urban centers. Carnitas, anyone??

    April 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  5. Jane

    Good evening everyone! Would like to know if swine flu can be contracted through mail handling and how long does the germ stay alive?

    April 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  6. starr formerly known as vincent

    Dr Gupta:

    We really appreciate your reporting, however, we are alos deeply concerned for Your health! Please be very careful.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hello Everybody! Just be safe Doc!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  8. Isabel Siaba

    Dr. Gupta,

    Is there a food that helps to increase immunity and help in the fight against swine flu?

    When there was an outbreak of Dengue Fever (in Brazil) was advised to eat yams for to fortify the immune system.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  9. Rebekah

    poor little boy 🙁 he's so sweet. glad he's okay

    hmm... i hope there ISN'T any connection with this company and swine flu... if so, i smell a lawsuit or at least a LOT of anger.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I think the MSM is blowing this thing way out of proportion. Weren't we just doing this about the avian flu? Many people die from the the flu every year. Mexico may be suffering more from it because of their poor air quality and the fact that their sanitation services are inadequate.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  11. MarieAnne Sam - Alabang in the Philippines

    Is the recovery chance slim? If one is infected??

    April 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  12. Vanessa, TX

    I heard we should not call it swine flu..they named this a more of medical term..is that true?

    April 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  13. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    i go to school today and no one has heard of swine flu...I am really concerned for them....

    April 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  14. Isabel Siaba

    What the experts are saying that the virus is highly contagious, spreads quickly, and like any flu virus is mutating, which makes the search for effective remedies a race against time.

    Is this exaggeration?

    April 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  15. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    Greetings to everyone, especially the best bloggers and FB/Twitter buddies, and our newest addition, Eduarrrrdo (Ed Henry).

    It seems to me that this swine flu thing is beginning to settle down some. is it just me?

    April 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  16. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    I'm relieved to see those that have recovered,it doesn't seem so scary.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  17. Anthonia-california

    Heeey everyone! what a week :/

    @Jennifer-I didnt know that the virus spread all the way into the regions of canada.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  18. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    He is an adorable little boy...I'm glad he's made a full recovery! Dr. Gupta, as always excellent to have you on the show tonight...Ed Henry as well! 🙂

    April 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  19. Maureen T, Canada

    Good evening Anderson. There are more cases in Canada...4 with a mild case in Toronto...so close...somewhat scary.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  20. Rob Edmunds

    For Dr Gupta: A number of people have noted that with each transmission, the Swine Flu seems to get milder, with the first transmission, from pigs to humans, the only one that is lethal. If so, what is the structure of the pathology that would produce this? Should we be looking at pigs in Mexico, instead of humans, to find the source? Could Avian Flu have been bred in battery-raised chickens?
    ps. don't call it swine flu, call it pig flu, then we can say 'pigs don't fly'.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  21. LorenaR

    NPR reported today on swine flu fear of 1976, and hope you will also mention this on your report tonight. people were vaccinated at that time and there was no epidemic, but side effects of flu vaccine led to illnesses like Guillain-Barre Syndrome where the body attacks itself. Looking forward to your program tonight. it's just so important NOT to panic! last night, some of the comments sounded sort of panicky, like getting off the bus if someone sneezes? come on....

    April 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  22. Esma

    Well, at least this little boy recovered from it. He's adorable!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  23. Krasi, Houston, TX

    It would be interesting to find out what the difference is between people who survive the flu and people who don't.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  24. Nita Hasan

    Since the oxygen in airplanes is recycled, shouldn't the airlines have an obligation to provide masks at this time on flights to any and all destinations? Has this question come up? Anyone on a plane might be a carrier without even knowing it, making everyone else extremely vulnerable. Some passengers, such as myself, might have a history of respiratory diseases and a resulting immune system deficiency. The pharmacies in my area are out of masks and all I can say, in my instance, is jetBlue shame on you for not protecting your passengers during what is being described as a pandemic. .

    April 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  25. Bob Coyle

    Good evening Anderson. Dr. Gupta is looking for the source. Wow!
    It looks like he found it.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  26. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! This flu has really gotten a hold on all the news.It makes me just want to stay home.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  27. Jacqueline, NY

    look at that! my question answered. Thanks, Doc!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  28. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    The swine flu outbreak is not looking good. 🙁

    April 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Good evening Cooper, Hill, Gergen, Gray, Edurado, and all 360 bloggers.

    It's great to be seeing so much Gupta. We can never get enough. We have five confirmed cases of the Swine Flu in our area.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  30. Isabel Siaba

    Anderson Cooper,

    Argentina announced that will cancel, until Monday, the flights from Mexico, a measure of precaution which aims to contain the threat of contagion by the swine flu.
    Cuba also suspended the flights for two days.

    Is that right? Who is in Mexico and needs to return to these countries, as is??

    April 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Vanessa, TX

    Hi Anderson, Erica, smartees..good evening to all..eduarrrdo.
    Texas also has more cases confirmed..yikes its getting scary!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  32. TucsonMatt

    Did you say the flu virus breeds? Flu virus replicate.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Jennifer

    The number of people in Canada with the Swine Flu are increasing as well . We now have 2 more cases in Calgary.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Nattada, Houston TX

    Level 4 seems scary. Hope we do not get to the higher level of swine flu. I am going to keep washing your hands.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Deborah in Blue Springs, MO

    Hello Anderson and Erica!

    I served the tables for lunch today in my upscale place of employment, hearing dozens coughing and sneezing. I dumped plates of untouched food, having been pushed away by queasy diners.
    I won't lie; I'm concerned. I held my breath and prayed. It's coming...

    I guess we'll see how adept our CDC is at biolevel research and vaccine creation...

    April 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Cathy

    If I get the flu and recover am I now immune from catching it again if there is a second wave?

    April 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  37. Isabel Siaba

    Everything travels fast these days globalized. Mainly (and unfortunately) the bad things: the old economic crisis and the new risk of a pandemic of swine flu.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Rafael Bronx,NY

    Is the swine flu curable?

    April 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Mike, Syaracuse, NY

    Anderson, 36,000 Americans die from regular flu each year, why all the hype about swine flu?

    April 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  40. starr formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson et al

    Good evening fellow bloggers!

    It looks like it will be another very busy night on 360. I have to go to Santa Fe on Wed & Thurs.- as far a I know we do not have the bug here yet, but i'm nervous.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Jacqueline, NY

    Greetings all!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    i think the fact that the CDC says they expect deaths from this is going to be the reason why there are deaths from this.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Krasi, Houston, TX

    Good evening everyone! Looks like more on the swine flu is coming on tonight, and none of it seems good news.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Rafael Bronx,NY

    Hey everybody Happy Tuesday!!!!!!!!!!!

    These Swine Flu cases are scary and the numbers are increasing.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Nattada, Houston TX

    Good evening everyone.
    Hope you all had a good day.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Esma

    Hey everyone: Anderson, Erica, David Gergen, all at AC360, the Tribe, and all the bloggers!
    We have one confirmed case in Indiana (an unnamed Notre Dame student), but he/she has fully recovered.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and my fellow evening conversationalists...Hope everyone had a good day!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Isabel Siaba

    Good Evening, Anderson!
    Hi, 360 team
    Hi, friends and bloggers

    Today was a tough day. The news in the international press, are frightening. Not by economic aspects, which we are following in recent months. But by the human risk involved, which is much worse.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    hallo Bloggers! "tweeps" facebook friends and all that Jazz!
    A nice hallo to Anderson and Erica and Eduarrrrdo! (Ed Henry)

    April 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Maren in Oregon

    Lots of interesting news tonight. Good Evening Anderson, and Erica, the 360 Team and invited guests. Looking forward to it. Let's get stated!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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