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May 4th, 2009
12:35 PM ET

Mexico lowers swine flu alert level

A worker walks outside a Chinese hotel where officials have quarantined visitors as a precaution.

A worker walks outside a Chinese hotel where officials have quarantined visitors as a precaution.

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) - Mexico lowered its health alert level Monday, citing improvements in the battle against swine flu.

The level was lowered from red, or "high," to orange, or "elevated."

"The measures we have taken, and above all the public's reaction, have led to an improvement," Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said at a news conference.

"But I insist that the virus is still present, that we need to remain on alert, and the resumption of activities will be little by little, not all at once."

But U.S. health officials cautioned that the H1N1 virus is still on an "upswing" in the United States. And the World Health Organization warned that after the number of cases begins to subside, the swine flu could return this year "with a vengeance."

The number of confirmed cases worldwide was expected to cross the 1,025 mark Monday. Earlier in the day, the WHO reported at least 985 cases across 20 countries. There were 26 reported deaths, including one in the United States, a Mexican toddler who was visiting relatives in Texas.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 226 cases across 30 states.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that 10 more cases not counted in the CDC total have been confirmed, bringing New York City's total to 73. One school - P.S. 177 in Queens - remained closed Monday because of five confirmed cases there.

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  1. mutabaruka

    just want 2 give a hi5 2 the staff at cnn,4 bring the 2 call of us,am here in the virgin island n enjoyin evary morment of watchin u guy bring the new in the mornin n all dy,thx cnn 4 being #1 in my book when it comes 2 new.keep up the good work.

    May 5, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  2. Bernice

    Richard, I agree with you totally! Before this "person" decides to strip us as Americans out of our rights, leaving us in complete danger through outside terrorism coming onto our soil, and before he takes our banks to a "cashless" society. WE THE PEOPLE BETTER STOP HIM! We are now heading to communism! People ///WAKE UP! We need another party. Not democrat. Not republican. Both parties are ridiculous and this is all that "we the people" had to vote for?? Super spenders?? We were lied to from the "get go". We could have bounced back with no help from Obama, but now we get to pay for his damages for many decades to come! And go figure, he and hillary are just giving our money away to anyone who needs it! More and more money every day that goes by! HE LIED PEOPLE! U better watch him. He's a pretty decent actor, with minor mistakes on the reading!! We better fight for our rights and stop being decieved by what alot are beginning to call ..."Pale rider". Do not follow the masses here. You will be owned property of our new communist country. (somewhere I will NEVER be)

    May 5, 2009 at 6:15 am |
  3. Happy in Arizona

    Napolitano says there is no point in closing the border because the cat is already out of the bag. Well, if that is the case, then why are we closing our schools and businesses, the cat is already out of the bag. This Government is so stupid. Mexico has always wanted to get rid of the non-educated people in their country. The US because of its stupid government accepts them. and cow-tows to them for big business and the heck with what Americans want. Mexico with all its riches continues to do nothing for its people but expects the US to do as they say, and take care of their people especially when they send back home millions of dollars. Obama and Congress are pussy cats fearly of hurting Mexico, they are idiots. I say this, let's amned the Constitution and not allow Congress to be in office for life. They live in another world, have no idea of what is going on, and are a disgrace to the American people.

    May 1, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  4. richard

    I VOTE TO IMPEACH OBAMA!

    May 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  5. richard

    I hate to tell all you obama lovers, but your beloved president, has put our country in danger, and also has bankrupt my country, thank you for voting in change!

    May 1, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  6. David Texas

    I can see myself sitting on my front porch with a buddy of mine 10 years from now saying, "remember that swine flu hysteria back in 2009 that put the final nail in the coffin for our economy?" This is a joke people. Wow, 300-something cases worldwide now. OOOOOhhh. Let's shut down the country! That'll be great for the economy.

    May 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  7. Jason

    Thanks Bernice. Thats what I'm doing right now because I can't afford any more medical bills. I'm still trying to recover from $1435 of medical bills from December last year. Thanks once again.

    May 1, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  8. Rob

    RISK in Flying and illness.
    In summer the humidity (RH) is higher (RH 60 to 95%) and makes the comfort or discomfort index go higher. As a kid in NJ we saw these numbers at 90% many days a year in the summer. The RH (or Relative Humidity) is what we are talking about as a potential problem when we fly. In the desert we see RH at 15%.

    OK, how does this relate to the new flu and flying? In all planes that fly above 15,000 feet you get super dry environments. At 30,000 feet the RH of air coming into the craft after being warmed to 70F is less than 1%. For this reason, air plane design filter and reuse most of the air to retain the water or moisture in the air. The airlines pass out lots of liquids for 2 reason. The liquids help prevent blood clots form dehydration and it keeps your nasal tissues from becoming irritated and bloody. If you get severely irritated nasal tissues, then you have a site where many germs can have easy access to the human body for sickness.

    The problem is a function of time in this super dry environment. Long flights to places like Singapore from USA, or to Israel from USA are a bigger risk than a flight from Minneapolis to Houston. These long flights are 15 hours or 20 hours and yes your nasal tissues will be a little damaged to some degree if your standard environment is 50 RH!

    May 1, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  9. Bernice

    What is bad is the many people who are losing thier jobs for following the doctors and the presidents advice, and staying home from work if ill with the flu! I see that people are getting fired these days (with a medical excuse) even working in the food industry! There needs to be a law put ito affect asap, to assure the employees the right to stay home without being fired in the end!

    Jason, I can only tell you what I would do if in your position... It is a flu. Stay home, in bed, plenty of fluids, the right meds for the problem.. U get the point? And, chicken noodle soup really does not help much at all. Its just a myth! Bundle up &sweat it all out of your system. Again, this is what I would do in your situation. I do hope that this somewhat does help you. U take care..

    May 1, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  10. Bonnie Thompson

    I would like to know how long does it takes to get the test back on the swine flu to determine if it is swine flu. The little boy that die in Texas the docotors said that his test was sent off April 12 and they received the results back on April 29. Does it take that long?

    May 1, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  11. Monica V

    I think in general the U.S. needs to be more careful when it comes to exposing each other to viruses. I work in a daycare and have been sick with a virus all week, though any time we try to call in they make us come in anyways. Now the poor children have my flu like symptoms. I was very careful, washed my hands, carried antibacterial in my pocket and wouldn't let them get to close to me but that doesn't matter the only way to prevent that was for me to be home. It took a parent noticing that I was sick to say something and a coworker emphasizing my sickness for my boss to even care. Of course she is mad at me for it.

    May 1, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  12. Jason

    Last night, I started developing signs of fever. I was coughing, my throat hurts, and I have a headache. Usually, when I feel like this, I let my body defence system fight it by eating right, and having planty of rest. But with the swine flu going on, I dont know if this is one of those feelings or if it is caused by the swine flue. I recently lost my job and i dont have medical insurance, so I can not afford health insurance. Should I let my body defence system fight this one off like I used to or is there some form of self medication I can take because I can not afford seeing a doctor right now. I'm desperate, please answer my question...please. Thank you.

    Jason, from NJ.

    May 1, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  13. John C.Weimer

    I think this is a good thing. It seems to be a relatively mild type of flu, even though its a new strain. The good thing is that we get this worldwide trial run at a pandemic with all this new technology and info available to us. The way the media is handling this is great. All the investigations, Google, Everyone is tracking this thing with a ferocity that can only benefit us when a truly evil bug goes on the warpath w/ humanity. I say good job so far.

    May 1, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  14. Mark F

    It's really irresponsible of you to keep calling it swine flu. In the first place, it's NOT swine flu. In the second, it's just stubborn sloppiness on your part. The World Health Organization has stopped calling it swine flu. You should too. You're spreading misinformation.

    May 1, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  15. Mike McGovern

    The World Health Organization, and other organizations, namely the USDA, have said Swine Flu is not a correct name for this flu.
    Yet your web site and programs continue to call it that.
    I think the correct reference is H1N1. Refering ot it as Swine Flu affects markets and unfairly punishes pork producers and processors, in addition to being an incorrect reference.
    Why not change to H1N1 in your reports? You have a wide-ranging effect on perceptions of your viewers. And, there has been no connection shown to swine.
    Yes, I do work at USDA. I find the department to generally be fair and accurate in reporting news. Please do your backgorund work.
    http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2009/04/0137.xml

    May 1, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  16. Clyde Barker

    Enough with these Somali pirates. The most cost effective and quickest fix to make island hustlers, out of pirates is the use of Predator type manless drones cruising the ocean shipping lanes. Require all tanker & insurance companies to contribute to the cost of deployment. Equip the drones with a bee hive type ordinance. No warning shots! No repeat offenders! After the pirates are no longer heard from again, the thrill of being shark bait, will encourage the pirates to be land lubbers !

    May 1, 2009 at 7:47 am |
  17. Bren

    Supposed to go to a wedding on Wednesday in Mexico. It is taking place at a resort right outside of Cancun. We are not sure what we should do?? Both my husband and myself are in our early 60's and in pretty good health but are very concerned about this trip?? What would you recommend??

    May 1, 2009 at 7:35 am |
  18. Bernice

    They are closing the schools now.... over 100 so far. They are telling the parents to keep your kids out of the movie theaters due to all of those kids spreading a virus, Lets get real here! This is about money ..plain and simple! The borders were not shut because it would cause more financial devestation to the Mexican communities! They need our vacationers there to prevent thier country from slipping any further into poverty. SO ...they refused to close the borders even tho the Mexican president said that we were NOT safe there and her could not guarentee our safety! So,Shelly ... I would NOT go to Mexico if it were the LAST place on earth... Nor Afganastan!! I am still asking if the two viles of deadly viruses that were stolen from the CDC (just days before our visit to Mexico by our govt. officials) were of the swine flu virus. That would be quite interesting information to me! Why did they not release the information about the 3 missing viles as of yet? Why was NOONE arrested? Where are those missing viles? You see ...you need classification to enter a CDC facility, so who in our govt. has the missing viles? That one question would clear up some confusion that I have about the spread of this virus. Go figure...we offered more financial help to Mexico when we can't seem to even take care of our own people here in the states! And its OUR money! That we get to pay back ...along with our kids and grandkids... This was an irresponsible act done by our own govt officials. Maybe not on purpose, maybe so ... but it surely did consume the media where we do not know what the prez is really up to now! That really concerns me!

    May 1, 2009 at 6:54 am |
  19. Shelly

    Hi im getting married in cancun mexico in a few weeks and I odnt know if I should go or not. Im kind of nervous because the media is making it sound horrible. But then a part of me knows this is just the "flu" and can be treated. has anyone heard them stopping flights to Cancun? Has there been any cases in cancun? Someone help.

    April 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  20. RJ

    what is wrong with people? this is just the flu, most people have had the flu maybe not this strain but all strains can kill. You have all these moms out there trying to run and hide from this when its a situation that if your healthy your better off being exposed so you can develope immunities to it, its the only way us humans can fight this one. There is no drug or miracle out there, its something thats a part of life! Quit being so scared, if your not healthy well its natures way of weeding out the weak and feeble!

    April 30, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  21. Mike

    I keep hearing that there is a likelihood that H1N1 may subside during the summer month because influenza transmits poorly during warm weather. Why then is the outbreak most severe in Mexico where the temperatures are generally warmer than the northern US.

    April 30, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  22. matt

    SHOULD I GO TO JAZZFEST? Should I be concerned about standing in a huge group of people, shoulder to shoulder, back to chest? And what about the port-a-potties at these things?

    April 30, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  23. Val Larson

    What, if any, actions has Sanja Gupta's family taken (he has 3 small children) to prepare for the swine flu pandemic?

    April 30, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  24. gary

    Someone needs to find out how many employees called out sick between March & April at the Smithfield Pig Farm in Mexico. Smithfield refusing an interview with a CNN Correspondent reporter sounds suspicious

    April 30, 2009 at 7:22 am |
  25. Cat

    Please look at the postings that are listed for "Concern or Alarm" and read the post that my family just put there regarding the swine flu. We are looking for advice from the public on what it is that they think we should do. Please read it and advize us if you can. This appears to be a huge problem that could come back to haunt the American people, if our president does nothing about this as a public issue. Thank you for any help given to us...

    April 30, 2009 at 7:14 am |
  26. Laurie Pullins

    My husband travels several times a week on a weekly basis around the country and overseas on various airlines. What are the airlines doing to help prevent the spread of the Swine flu, especially for the business travelers? Are they going to offer masks to their passengers so that they can have some kind of protection?

    April 30, 2009 at 7:09 am |
  27. Joy Evans

    My husband has COPD& is a HEART PATIENT, could this swine flu infect people like him quicker than most.

    April 30, 2009 at 7:06 am |
  28. jamar

    how long do you think the swine flu outbreak is going to last? how far do you think it will spread.

    April 30, 2009 at 6:54 am |
  29. jamar

    my nose has been running and my eyes have been itching and turning red but i do not have any of the other symptoms so do i just have a cold or is it the swan flu

    April 30, 2009 at 6:48 am |
  30. Lynn

    When are we going to close our borders? I live in South Texas and we get many people who come over for shopping from Mexico. I am a nurse and we have had several patients come in complaining of flu symptoms and want to be tested for swine flu. When are we going to get a straight out government policy on how to handle these possible cases and prevent the spread of new ones?

    April 30, 2009 at 6:35 am |
  31. tina

    I was wondering if a well person who has traveled to Mexico can act as a host and pass the virus on to others?

    April 30, 2009 at 1:06 am |
  32. Mitchel

    I have a silly idea. Declare a national holiday for 2 days here in the US. Except for essential personnel ( who aren't sick ), tell everyone else to stay home and close all businesses, schools, etc. ( except hospitals, and certain government functions which must run 24/7 ). Since the virus takes 2 days to gestate, this will end this panic, and kill off the virus. Hopefully Mexico will do the same thing. After 2 days, anyone who is sick should stay home. This will "nip it in the bud", and we can then get on with our lives. Who knows it may allow some great family time and for us to be introspective about life. Loll. I know this is not good for businesses, but the saying "greed kills" has more meanings than just the obvious ones. But, it probably won't happen. Oh well.

    Take care all, and wash your hands regularly.

    April 30, 2009 at 12:37 am |
  33. Caliber Client

    This blog is very informative. I am trying to wash my hands more often in order to avoid contracting the virus.

    April 29, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  34. Chris philpot

    Wow I have been reading y'all comments I have to say I'm scared to get this I don't even know what to do if I get it I live in Manchester Kentucky it's a very small town I'm starting to feel like I'm gettin the flu but how do I know if I got it and should I get a mask to put over my face?...my sister kids are here and they are sick to should we all get checked out?... They are only 2 & 4 and I'm 19 really need anwsers....

    Chris philpot
    Kentucky

    April 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  35. RJ

    the strong will survive as always its natures way of weeding out the sick and weak!

    April 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  36. Bernice

    You know, the thing that bothers me is this... right before the "spring break" this year, the Mexican Prez was on TV telling Americans NOT to travel to Mexico for this holiday break due to the fact that your lives were in serious danger! Two weeks later, our prez and thiers were both on the same TV set telling the public that it was now SAFE and that we could travel without fear! RIGHT!! Then, our Sec. of State and our president went to Mexico. Everyone knew we were coming! There seems to be a very strong possibility that this virus was purposely spread to cloud the actual problems. Now, we seem to be worried about the flu problems and steered away from the major issues like tax increases, worldwide bloodshed, losses of our American freedoms, racial issues being done against the American white males and females nationwide, and this list just goes on and on. There were 3 bottles found missing from the CDC?? Swine flu by chance?? Janet Napolotono couldn't fight her own way out of a wet paper bag! We need someone in her seat that can actually assume the postion and do the job for the AMERICAN PEOPLE for a change! Lord knows, I still ponder on the reasons why our prez would have found her qualified to take this position and I fear that her lack of care for us as a people could pave the way to this countrys end. This was the worst decision that our prez could have possibly made! She is for NOTHING but the rights of the Mexican people! Why is it that we do not seem to fill these positions with REAL Americans who Do have a love for thier countrys people and future? SHUT THE BORDERS!!!! DUH! If my children get this flu, can I sue Napolotano for neglience?? For just plain ignorance? Wish we could somehow vote for actual citizens who cared about our people! I would be the first in line to cast a vote. Napolotano would be OUT!

    April 29, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  37. Dan Nelson

    Does this death of a 23 month old tell us that the virus has mutated into a killer like it has in Mexico and should we be more concerned of a widespread outbreak in the United States?

    April 29, 2009 at 7:28 am |
  38. Doug

    We have lots of information on the swine flu but how long does the flu last in a person, is it a 1 day flu or a week long flu.

    April 29, 2009 at 7:12 am |
  39. edward william

    How long will it take before the CDC,and HOMELAND SECURITY decides to close the borders,and suspend travel?
    Or will this become another disaster because of in action of another disfunctional goverment agency?Like KATRINA????BUT ON A MUCH LARGER SCALE.
    They should also be asking them self,what will happen if the problem in Mexico becomes out of control and the people of Mexico start a mass exsodis accorss the border.

    April 29, 2009 at 7:08 am |
  40. Ray

    The administration dropped the ball on this swine flu outbreak. For political reasons they have decided to leave the border wide open. The admin is more interested in not offending the Mexican government then in keeping Americans safe. Anyone with the sense and intelligence of a slug knows that you have to stop the infection at its source. That source is Mexico. The more infected Mexicans come across the border the more the infection is spread. The more Americans are permitted to go to Mexico and return the more the infection is spread. Sounds like simple BLOCK THE SOURCE 101 to me.
    Even 3rd world countries are taking more precautions than the US with infared scanners at airports looking for people with fevors.
    Napolotano's solution of passive checking at the border is: "Are you sick, oh you are, OK, go ahead." Oh, and people arriving from Mexico by plane to this country are given a pamplet about swine flu. Now that is going to stop infected people from infecting others.

    April 29, 2009 at 6:46 am |
  41. Anne

    As a lowly R.N. Makes me wonder why our lofty appointed officials have not figured out the swine flu "epidemic". We have a stock pile of Tamiflu,so we are told, why are we not giving the stuff out in pez dispensers in cluster areas? 75mg per day is supposed to help alleviate the problem. Sounds like a no brainer to me. Break the cycle of infection, couldn't hurt.

    April 29, 2009 at 2:25 am |
  42. LovesJesus

    Our world as we know it , is about to change ! Lots of cases of the flu , taking people out , one by one . Bird flu , swine flu , whats next , cat flu?? Everyone get rid of your pets they could infect you from their cells mutating with yours !!! Wow , has man kind come that far?? What has this world come to when all you see and hear is not what it seems to be ! We all live in a fairytale land , I may sound crazy but, i know the END is nigh ! Be blessed in your journey my friends and know that God is watching and comming soon !!!! Keep up the good faith , and pray for our world !!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  43. Barbara C.

    If I get the swine flu and recover, can I get it again in a few weeks?

    April 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  44. Asad Mahmood

    dear american morning. i am in 7th grade an would like to know is it worst in schools or can you catch it easily in school.

    April 28, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  45. Linda P.

    Why hasn't international travel been grounded? How extreme does this flu have to become before we ground international flights?

    April 28, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  46. david broughall

    According to the WHO, influenza kills up to 500,000 people a year, every year. Why are we getting so upset about a relative handful of cases of swine flu?

    April 28, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  47. Rob Dyson

    Everyone on ABC.coms comment board is talking about the possibility of this being bio-terrorist activity so I have two thoughts. If it is some form of bio-terrorism, could it be some sort of fall out from the N. Korean satelite launch, or could that have been a diversion to keep us from finding what was going on? Also, If this is man-made, could it have been engineered to thrive in warm weather, and actually be more dangerous in higher temperatures? Just food for thought since everyone is already talking about it.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  48. Terry Bausick

    I understand that this swine flu is a bad virus and i wonder if this is the results of those three test tubes virus that were taken from a lab a while back that we never hear anymore about. Could this have happen to us?

    Terry B from Michigan

    April 28, 2009 at 8:32 am |
  49. Mike O'Brien

    I am really upset that the Mexican people in Mexico City are saying that the 'swine flu' started in Canada or the United States. It is quite obvious that tourist on vacation or a business trip brought back to their country the 'swine flu'. I would like to see our country (United States' stop all entry into Mexico for two weeks, until we have a better understanding on how to handle this serious problem (illness). Mike in Montana

    April 28, 2009 at 8:27 am |
  50. michael armstrong sr.

    the swine flu with a bad economy what could happen next ? ill give you a hint its called hurricane season.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  51. Ray

    Hi ,
    this swine flu tactic seems to have arrived at the very time when those guilty of torturing and lying abot it were about to be shown to the media.
    Seems to me that this is the perfect DIVERSION needed to put a stop to it all.
    They also had easy access to the germ warfare site and could easily have spread this to create a perfect diversion to save their own unholy skins.
    We need to open the torture news and keep it running for all the world to see as well as the flu.
    Do not let them win.
    Ray

    April 28, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  52. michael armstrong sr.

    what kind of an effect would swine flue have on people with the aids desease and other types of terminal illness.

    April 28, 2009 at 7:44 am |
  53. Red

    The CDC is blowing this all out of proportion!! They are milking it! this is far less that regular flu, which kills over 36,000 a year in the US alone!
    They are ripping us off!!
    Red

    April 28, 2009 at 7:12 am |
  54. Dan Nelson

    Why has the cases been so mild in the United States? I thought when this virus passes from human to human that it mutates and makes it harder to treat. Do you think that it might get worse before it gets better?

    April 28, 2009 at 6:42 am |
  55. Jaime

    i've had this cold like thing now for a month. the doctors where i go called it "sinus infection" but i've been conjested now for a month.
    And it won't go away, the antibiotics did nothing, so i took over the counter medication.. NOTHING works.... what is it?

    April 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  56. Chris

    hey guys i stocked up on Tamiflu from tamifluovernight.com, the prices are decent and they ship overnight from a US pharmacy. better safe then sorry!

    April 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  57. Michael

    My mother has been sick for the last 2 weeks and last week I got it we are both on meds.It hit me fast and hard like no other flu has hit me

    April 27, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  58. Tasha Ben

    My daughter has symptoms of the swine flu, she is feeling better but still has a pretty deep cough and runny nose, fever is gone, sore throat is gone, nausea is gone...

    Do I contact anyone to report this, or to have her tested, even though she is feeling better? If it was the swine flu, is she still contagious?

    I had thought it was just a normal flu, and was letting it run its course....

    April 27, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  59. Michael

    Last week on CNN I saw that the CDC in MD that 3 bottles of stuff was missing from there SECURE place that holds the most deadly stuff in the world.Could this be tied together with this Swine flu outbreak??

    April 27, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  60. Melissa

    I have two scheduled flights for May to the Caribbean and Europe. I'm not concerned (at the moment) of being exposed to the Swine Flu there, but am concerned of catching it on-flight.

    Is there anything I can do while on air travel transit? On the plane/airport waiting areas?

    Would inmunoboosters (i.e. airborne) help?

    Thank you, Dr Gupta! God bless you, and safe travels.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  61. Canmia

    It was suggested that folks with the flu take seven days off from work. The U.S. government response to the pandemic should include the mandate that employers of workers who have a doctor's order to stay out of work because they have tested positive for swine flu be required to pay them their regular wages even if they do not have any sick leave. Otherwise sick people will show up for work and the infection will spread. Employers who fire workers for not coming to work when they have a doctor's order should face stiff penalties and fines.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  62. JB

    If I buy products made in Mexico can the swine flu be transferred that way to me or my family? If I buy produce grown in Mexico can the virus be transferred to me or my family?

    April 27, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  63. Debbie

    I have several avacado's that I need to blend to feed my toddler daughter that is fed via G tube, I also eat them. They are from Mexico is it safe to eat them and give to her? Thanks

    April 27, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  64. Joseph Daniel Brian Lawlor

    Government acts as the nervous system administering to the physical needs of the Peoples. Industry acts as the amrs and legs. Finance acts as the arteries with money(currency) the blood flow. Academic acts as the brains and that which directs the nervous system. Military act as the immune system with Media, to which CNN is a part of, actting as the growing ears, eyes and voice to the body. Religion(spirituality+ethics) act as the heart administering to the spiritual needs of the Peoples. The Peoples act as the skin holding it all together.

    When one understands what we are dealing with but when leadderships fumble at that task society as we know it eventually crumbles around us does it not real time real time going above my mere words becoming our reality.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  65. Joe logic

    All of you people need to calm down. The only reason people die from this virus is that they do not have access to the drugs needed to clear it from your body or they have a serious pre-existing health problem. Most of the 101 people who died from the illness in Mexico died because they weren't able to get the right medication. Just wash your hands and don't take pig crap baths and you should be fine. even if you do contract it and you live in the U.S. as long as you don't have a serious preexisting problem, you should be ok,just go to the doctor.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  66. Joseph Daniel Brian Lawlor

    We here in northern New Brunswick Canada have had those symptoms for the past two years. When personally when hit much like a cold, flu and fever all wrapped into one nasty delivery system.

    That pandemic that was looming at our door is here real time real time is it not and if assets not moved quickly enough a similar response to the Peoples occurs does it not.

    Global war, growing contamination within our food lines, increasing weather woes and a looming pandemic that looms no more. Any travel at this time not advised for a number of reasons quickly seen.

    A time for those in Government, Industry, Finance, Academic, Military, Media, Religion and the Peoples to pull together to resolve that which comes at a developing global body in a manner never attempted until this time for each play an important role in delivering resolution.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  67. kayode jinadu

    True joy and happiness are valuable. If one does not survive, no joy and no happiness are obtainable.
    so please citizen of u.s protect your self and family

    April 27, 2009 at 8:30 am |
  68. owc2md

    is there resistance to tamiflu or relenza with this flu?

    April 27, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  69. Stewart

    I was in the USAF in 1976 and got both the A and B strains Swine Flu Vaccine. Is that vacine still working for this outbreak ?

    April 27, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  70. FearLessInFlorida

    We need to be proactive.. We should put out a call to volunteers to clean schools and school buses. We should also prep teachers and administrations to isolate those found to have flu symptoms. Cafeteria workers need to be monitored as well.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  71. michael armstrong sr.

    dear dr. since this outbreak has unusual timing could it have been geneticly engeneared by terroist.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  72. Deb

    What is the incubation period for swine flu?

    April 27, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  73. Melissa Ambery

    Our family traveled to San Antonio for spring break March 17th through March 22nd. April 2nd my son and I were really sick with fever and diarrhea. My daughter has been sick the past two weeks with severe vomiting and diarrhea. After a couple of trips to the pediatrician to rule out anything bacterial, we were told it was just a virus. My children appear recovered. However, now, I am a bit concerned after hearing about the Swine Flu. Should I take my kids back to the pediatrician to get tested for the Swine Flu? If it was the Swine Flu, is there a chance they could still have more complications?

    Concerned,
    Dallas, TX

    April 27, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  74. Brad

    I have had flu symptoms for 3 days. It is likely it is a "common" flu – but I have no way of knowing... (1) How do I make the determination what this bug is? (2) should everyone feelng sick go to their doctors for testing..? and (3) what should I do to treat my symptoms?

    Thank you.

    April 27, 2009 at 7:42 am |
  75. Robin

    My mother Barb came down with this on Thursday...It is the swine flu. We live in Western Pa.

    April 27, 2009 at 7:36 am |
  76. Anonymous Anonymous

    Is it possible for birds to get infected by H1N1?

    April 27, 2009 at 7:18 am |
  77. Yvonne Lacy-Baskerville

    In November l976, I received a swine flue shot administered by the government program while working for HEW in Denver. On December 26, 1976, I had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital where I was told that I had contracted the swine flu and it had settled in my heart muscles causwing "myrocarditis" . After my "out of body" experience and being revived, I was told not to ever take flu shots of this nature again. I haven't, but I am wondering what are the chances of getting the swine flu again...especially now that I am 31 years older.

    April 27, 2009 at 7:11 am |
  78. michael armstrong sr.

    dear american morning this swine flu may not be as deadly as previous flus that have stoped wars but then again it could be worse the point is nobody definitly knows this outbreak needs to be respected questhions need to be asked such as could this be biological warefare from teroist can a none sick person be a carrier can this flu have a later effect what we need to do is nail down the genetics to this flu and prepare for the worst even thoe the worst wont happen we need to be prepared any way prepare hospitals get face mask ready to hand out . look we havnt even found a cure for aids yet just a little more respect please.

    April 27, 2009 at 7:06 am |
  79. Swine flu and travel

    What about a cruise to Cozumel, & Grand Cayman?
    I read about the airlines but what about cruise ships?

    April 27, 2009 at 6:42 am |
  80. Emily

    Should I be concerned with the swine flu because I am pregnant even though I live in a state that has not had any cases of this?

    April 27, 2009 at 6:41 am |
  81. Beverly (Barackie)

    Good Morning Dr.,

    I am concerned about President Obama. He just came back from being in large groups of people in Mexico. Is the Prez. okay?

    Thank you.

    Barackie.

    April 27, 2009 at 6:40 am |
  82. Meghan

    My granddaughter had, two weeks ago, a stomach virus. No one else had it nor did anyone else catch it. Her uncle was in Mexico two months ago, though I don't believe they had contact. Had they been together, could this have been spread that long ago, or is this very, very recent?

    April 27, 2009 at 6:26 am |
  83. dibss

    My daughter just came back from huatulco having spent a week there. I just want to know if there have been any cases reported there.

    April 27, 2009 at 6:23 am |