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Medicine: Swine Flu Outbreak / Mexico / New York / Besser Interview #930199

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Apr 25, 2009
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(Studio: Lester Holt) The public health scare over a dangerous strain of swine flu introduced.

(Studio: Robert Bazell) The issue of the seriousness of the flu virus outbreak featured; scenes shown from St. Francis Prep in New York City; map shown of US states with flu cases. [NYC health commissioner Dr. Thomas FRIEDEN†- comments on the city's flu.] [Flu victim Hayden Henshaw's father Patrick HENSHAW†- talks about illness at the Texas school.] [University of Minnesota Dr. Michael OSTERHOLM†- outlines what could happen next.] The unanswered questions about this flu & flu symptoms outlined on screen. [Vanderbilt University school of medicine Dr. William SCHAFFNER†- says we are investigating.] The treatment of the flu virus & the cases in Mexico discussed.

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(New York: Jeff Rossen) The virus at a New York school featured; scenes shown from outside St. Francis Prep.

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Mexico City: Michelle Kosinski) The impact of the virus on Mexico featured; scenes shown from Mexico City of people wearing surgical masks; details given about the closing of schools & public events. [WOMAN {thru translator}, Sebastian GARCIA - react.]

(Studio: Lester Holt) Live interview held with CDC's Dr. Richard Besser about this flu. [From Atlanta, BESSER - says it is a rapidly changing situation that we are trying to contain; outlines the government planning for a pandemic & what the people can do in response to recommendations in different areas of the country; cites the conditions to declare a pandemic.]

Holt, Lester;
Bazell, Robert;
Rossen, Jeff;
Kosinski, Michelle

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