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April 29, 2009

Swine Flu: Too Close For Comfort

Laura Milkins moved to Mexico City earlier this year. Her plan was to walk the entire length of the city, a little bit each day. Not only would she walk, she would invite strangers to walk with her and tell her their stories. Laura had no idea that she'd be walking straight into an outbreak of swine flu. Laura joins Dick Gordon to talk about the dinner she had with someone on the mend from swine flu, and about how she plans to stay healthy in Mexico City.

The latest news about the swine flu makes all of us think back to what we heard or read or remember about earlier pandemics. In 1918, 50 million people died of Spanish influenza, including half a million here in the U.S. Edna Cary is over 100 now, and as she tells Dick, she remembers that time well. Edna is still working, volunteering at a thrift store that benefits Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo.

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