Editor's Note: Questions, theories, personal circumstances and comments around the swine flu epidemic continued to dominate feedback from Tuesday’s night AC360° viewers. We love hearing about this from you, and we are working to get you as many answers as possible. Read some of what we heard below, and keep ‘em coming!
We think swine flu can be traced earlier than Mar. Coincidentally, we were on vacation in Jan. in Mex & my 32 yo husband came back with a virus that caused pneumonia (he had all those flu symptoms too). Then my 3yo son developed bronchiolitis. In Feb. my 69 yo mom visited Mex. & came back with pneumonia as well. Then of my nephews & nieces had either pneumonia or bronchitis (all w/flu symptoms). We're all very close & saw each other often during that time.
How long after you are exposed can you get the virus?
Mexico is a huge country. Are all areas affected-we have heard mainly of cases in Mexico City. We have a trip to Los Cabos in 2 weeks. Are some areas safer than others in Mexico?
The WHO web site is not recommending any restriction on travel to Mexico, but CDC is advising US citizens avoid non essential travel. I am going on a cruise Sat and it will stop in Mexico. The cruise line told me today it is still going to Mexico. Two web sites with different recommendations. What should you do?
Could Dr. Gupta discuss what the clinical investigation includes? My son today asked what the big deal was with a few positive tests. The country needs to understand that the investigation includes a clinical evaluation and lab evals as part of the epidemic eval. If there is a positive H1N1 test in one community, that lab test may equate to hundreds or thousands of actual cases.
Is traveling to Cancun or Playa del Carmen safe? I've waited months for my vacation next week. Of course, the flu concerns me but come on, is the media overreacting?
Just wondering if it’s possible to be a carrier of the Swine Flu (non symptomatic) and pass it on to others?
Great Show. What ties are there between the swine flu outbreak and the deaths reported in December along the Mexican border by residents living west of Mexicali, Baja California.? People had flu like symptoms and they died.
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