April 26th, 2009
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Jarrett: Obama taking swine flu outbreak 'very seriously'

Jarrett is one of the president’s top advisors.
Jarrett is one of the president’s top advisors.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett told CNN Sunday the president takes the swine influenza outbreak "very seriously," as the White House announced an afternoon briefing to provide an update on efforts to keep the disease from spreading to the United States.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and acting CDC director Dr. Richard Besser will speak at 12:30. The State Department is also involved in tracking efforts.

This week, isolated cases of the illness were reported in at least three states. The swine flu has stricken more than a thousand and been blamed for more than 80 deaths in Mexico over the past few weeks.


Filed under: State of the Union • Swine Flu
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. MOJerry

    Reminds me of the start of AIDS. From what I remember, it was traced to a single individual bringing it to the USA. Of course, privacy laws, non-disclosure of individuals infected, and no quarantine allowed the spread. Now, 200+ million worldwide.

    Let's hope the reaction will be to stop the spread of this flu, by governments and individual responsibility. Closing borders is not the answer. Be responsible, report any symptoms, get medical attention if you think you have been exposed, and quarantine yourself from family members and the public at large.

    It's called "personal responsibility!"

    April 26, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. transparency

    all fine well and good, now keep the transparency up

    Bush/Cheney secrecy was such a set back for the U.S.

    April 26, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. greg

    just wondering if the channel 4 oba let my comment in,,, obivious not,, they get toooooooooooo much mooooooooney from the obamanation administration

    April 26, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. pbj

    sometimes things are black and white, sometimes things are shades of gray. when it comes to containing a contagious disease, it's black and white: first, isolate the source. close the border and ban travel to and from Mexico. it doesn't take a rocket scientist or an epidemiologist to figure that out.

    April 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Simmy

    Fitz in Texas,

    Good news! When you get your own Republic of Texas, you will never see US again -- nor we you! P.S. Bishop Jakes and familly, Pastor Osteen and famiy, and other people of God, leave ASAP! LOL!

    Close the borders of Mexico, Texas, and Arizona.......

    April 26, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. HouseDiva

    Let the swine flu hit Texas for all I care.....they want succession!

    April 26, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Wade

    So who's lying?
    We've been told that this new strain can be passed from person-to-person, but we're also told that closing the border can't stop the spread.
    I'm no math wiz, but trust I could use a simple pocket calculator to demonstrate that more folks crossing the border means more person-to-person contact, thus a faster & broader spread.
    Should't we try to buy all the time we can get?

    April 26, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Brad, California

    This is a great opportunity to finally close the border. PERMANENTLY. We have given and given throughout the rest of the world – when are the needs Americans going to be considered rather than forced?

    April 26, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. dave

    Scott Az , how do you know that someone from here didn't give the people of Mexico this flu? When you make statements like that shows me that's why people are leaving the GOP to you bigots.

    April 26, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. joe

    #pbj
    it's already out of Mexico.
    closing the boarder won't help much.
    It will stop it from continuing to come from Mexico, but there are confirmed cases in the US and New Zealand. Probably many other countries as well.

    April 26, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Wade

    Hey...HouseDiva

    Did you feel the same way when Vermont started getting serious about making a move to secede the union and Lt. Gov. Howard Dean went from town-to-town to poll residents, registering a majority in favor for?

    April 26, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. lock down the border to Mexico

    disease is seaping in from south of the border, don't let'm in

    April 26, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. greg

    house ho,, hope u r a christian.. u evil b

    April 26, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. maggie

    Avoid Wal-Marts and big discount stories. This was advice from our Doctor, as we are dealing with cancer in our household. He said anyone with infants do the same.

    April 26, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. greg

    its called . i coughed, i sneezed... all of a sudden a black van pulled up.. i was tossed in the back,, hidden under 5 people .. who had allergies,,, whom ,

    April 26, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. johnno

    Who knows, this may sought the global warming problem too.

    April 26, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Adam K13

    We need an AEROCLAVE unit in every airport to decontaminate planes!

    April 26, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Wily Brown

    Do yo uthink something is going on with all of these out breaks all of a sudden?

    April 26, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Tee

    "Curled up in a ball" have you read the Patriot Act? And one question to you...where exactly is there martial law at today? Last time I saw it on American soil was when low income LA residents were stealing (admittedly some were stealing waay more than what was necessary) food and other necessities to survive and instead of sending immediate help, our government (not headed by Obama at that time) sent troops to police the area but no immediate help on site-sounds like martial law(no food or water but plenty of armed troopers). And the Constitution was suspended in the name of September 11th by the previous administration also. Do you read the news or just listen to the by-lines and regurgitate gibberish? You sound foolish, that isn't even a ball park that left wing liberals visit. Form your opinions on facts and then no one can judge you or your education level by them.

    April 26, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. JonDie

    Bush would have appointed a horse breeder to study the problem...after thousands of deaths had occurred Thank goodndess we have a government that isn't totally anti-science like the Bush administration was.

    April 26, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. KimNorth

    Close the border and travel from Mexico; if this was coming from Canada the U.S. would have closed the border from Canada. I know they say it is already here so now it does not matter but that just does not make since. Apology for this analogy but it’s the best I can come up with to get my point across so here it is
    ; if you had rats coming in your apartment and they already brought in deceases to your family would you not plug the hole their coming thru or just keep letting them come in so they can move on to the rest of the apartments then the city, town etc..I know the people who have it can spread it but why add thousand more to the mix. This just doesn’t make since. No I’m not comparing folks from Mexico to rats just want to make sure it’s clear.

    April 26, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Heidi

    Fitz in Texas: Ummm you don't want to be part of the U.S.A anymore remember???? So you ought not be posting about what American citizens should be doing.Come on man you cannot have it both ways. Either you want the government's help or you don't...and Texas loud and proud and big and bold has declared publicly that it does not. You want help..go ask your new "President Perry".

    April 26, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Texas Teacher

    HouseDiva.... I don't hear the people in Texas clammering for session! Just because one ignorant Republican Governor wants it does not mean the whole state wants it. For your information, a Democrat does not have a prayers chance in hell of being elected for governor or any high office in Texas because of the Republican gerrymandering of the districts. If you see the map of the voting districts, it looks like a crazy quilt gone wild!

    This state is controlled by the Republicans and that means Daddy Bush and Jr. Maybe they couldn't turn this country into a dictatorship, but maybe they have designs on the state of Texas. I tell you what, if that should even begin to look like a reality, you would see a mass exodus of the intelligent educated people. Only the Red Neck uneducated native texans would be here... then you might really want to be afraid of Texas!

    April 26, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Wow, it never ceases to amaze me on just how ill-bred and crude the republican party has become. Hannity et.al. must be quite proud of their flock today.

    April 26, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. SueB

    Amazing how a potential pandemic can be politicized! News Flash – This is not Obama's fault, this is not Bush's fault, this is not a Dem or Repub issue.

    Unfortunately, people with the flu are contagious before they develop symptoms. If the CDC truly wants to contain spread, they need to close the borders and quarantine anyone who's been to Mexico and anyone who's had contact with someone who's been to Mexico. A daunting if not impossible task. Government could close the borders, which wouldn't stop illegals but would at least cut down on some traffic. But the quarantine would require people taking personal responsibility, an oxymoron these days. CDC has trouble getting people to self quarantine when they have family who've got active TB or measles, can you imagine the difficulty of getting people to self quarantine who feel fine and no one in family is sick yet?

    April 26, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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