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Medicine: Swine Flu Outbreak / Mexico #941723

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 27, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The swine flu outbreak introduced; map shown of states/countries with confirmed cases; the death toll in Mexico cited. NOTE: local contest information on screen.

(Studio: Robert Bazell) The global concern about the outbreak featured; details given about the WHO’s decision to heighten the pandemic alert level and the response in the US. [WHO's Dr. Keiji FUKUDA†- says containment is not a feasible operation.] [President OBAMA - says it is not a cause for alarm.] [California Governor Arnold SCHWARZENEGGER†- says we have taken quick action.] [Student James VRETTOS††, New York City Mayor Michael BLOOMBERG - comment on the cases at St. Francis Preparatory School.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Mexico City: Michelle Kosinski) The impact of the disease in Mexico featured; details given about the origin of the outbreak at a pig farm; details given about shutdowns; scenes shown of health care workers angry over their level of protection, soldiers handing out masks. [Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel CORDOVA† {thru translator} – says we have to reinforce preventive measures.] [WOMAN {thru translator} – says the government should have told us days ago.] The severity of the cases in Mexico noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) An earthquake in Mexico reported; map shown.

(Dulles International Airport: Tom Costello) Concern about travelling featured. [CDC acting director Dr. Richard BESSER†- announces the travel advisory.] [European Health Commissioner Androulla VASSILIOU†- states Europeans should avoid travelling.] [NBC correspondents Stephanie GOSK, Lee COWAN, Adrienne MONG – comment on airport precautions in London, Los Angeles and Beijing.] [Moody’s Mark ZANDI†- comments on the potential economic impact.]

(Studio: Brian Williams, Robert Bazell) The fear of this virus circulating around the world, the effectiveness of face masks, the concern about pork products, the warning against taking medication as a preventive measure and vaccinations discussed.

Williams, Brian;
Bazell, Robert;
Kosinski, Michelle;
Costello, Tom

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