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Medicine: Swine Flu Outbreak / Mexico #930310

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 27, 2009
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) A deserted Mexico City & masked travellers arriving at the Los Angeles Airport due to swine flu & map of US cases shown.

(Studio: John McKenzie) The swine flu outbreak reviewed; scenes shown from a shut down school in New York City; details given about treatment with anti-virals. [WHO's Dr. Keiji FUKUDA†- worries about pandemic influenza.] [CDC Dr. Richard BESSER†- comments on acting aggressively; states there will be more cases.] [President OBAMA - says it is not a cause of alarm.] World map of confirmed cases shown. [Weill Cornell Medical College Dr. Jonathan JACOBS†- talks about prior pandemics.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Studio: David Muir) The global response to the flu featured; scenes shown from border airports & crossings & overseas; details given about calls to doctors & pharmacists. [At the San Ysidro crossing, ABC's Lisa FLETCHER - comments on procedures here.] [PASSENGER, Beth Israel Medical Center infectious diseases Dr. Brian KOLL†- comment.] [In Beijing, ABC's Lama HASSAN†- explains camera scanning of passengers for body heat.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Mexico City: Terry McCarthy) The impact of the disease on Mexico featured; details given about the origin of the outbreak at a pig farm; scenes shown from Mexico City with people lined up at a pharmacy; details given about why people might be dying in Mexico only. [American photographer Mark POWELL - worries.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) A mild earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico, reported.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Earlier discussion held with former CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding & ABC's Tim Johnson about the flu virus. [GERBERDING - explains the importance of finding the source of the virus & the problems of what will happen next with the disease & its transmissibility; speculates about Mexico.] [JOHNSON - talks about the ambiguous meaning of "pandemic" & the unpredictability.]

Gibson, Charles;
McKenzie, John;
Muir, David;
McCarthy, Terry

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