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Swine Flu – a one-hour special

April 27th, 2009
06:51 PM ET

A special edition of "connect the world" coming your way today. We are devoting the entire hour to a single threat that many fear could become the next global pandemic. As of writing, seven countries are struggling to contain an outbreak of swine flu - as new cases emerge by the hour. Ground zero is Mexico, where the health minister has confirmed that 149 people have died. While there are no deaths related to swine flu in any other country yet, there is a palpable and understandable sense of concern around the world as governments scramble to get their contingency plans in place should the WHO raise their level of pandemic alert. We'll be speaking to a top virologist in mexico city and asking how long the government there has known and could anything have been done before now to prevent the deaths and the fear. And i'll be talking to Liam Donaldson – the UK's chief medical officer, hot out of the latest cobra meeting about plans to contain any further spread should things get worse.
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