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Medicine: Swine Flu Outbreak / Mexico #942145

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The first US swine flu death noted; map shown of confirmed cases. NOTE: local contest information on screen.

(Studio: Robert Bazell) The spread of the virus featured; details given about the death of a toddler in Texas and other Texas cases, the WHO’s decision to raise the alert level, and precautions around the world. [Houston Health Department Dr. David PERSSE†- says the child is a resident of Mexico who travelled to Texas.] [HHS Secretary Kathleen SEBELIUS – says we expect more cases, hospitalizations and deaths.] [WHO director-general Dr. Margaret CHAN†- says all countries should activate their pandemic preparedness plans.] [President OBAMA – calls for parents to consider contingencies if schools close.] The seasonal flu death rate vs. the swine flu rate so far discussed.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(La Gloria, Mexico: Michelle Kosinski) The epicenter of the outbreak in La Gloria, Mexico, featured; scenes shown of young Edgar Hernandez††, the first known case; details given about the nearby hog farms. [Farmer Jose HERNANDEZ‡ {thru translator} – describes his symptoms.] [La Gloria resident Maria FERNANDEZ† {thru translator} – says it’s contagious and it’s killing children.]

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Williams, Brian;
Bazell, Robert;
Kosinski, Michelle

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