We're seeing encouraging signs that this virus so far is not looking more severe than a strain that we would see in seasonal fluU.S. officials downplay swine flu outbreak May 03, 2009
We've started to see that there was widespread flu in MexicoU.S. officials downplay swine flu outbreak May 03, 2009
If you're in an infected area or if you have the flu it is probably best not to give a kiss, but we are not recommending an end to affectionCDC: Practice good respiratory etiquette Apr 27, 2009
One of the things we're doing is we're helping states support themes and so we're sending test kits to states so that states will be able to do their own testingU.S. swine flu detected via pandemic test Apr 27, 2009
This is moving fast but we view this more as a marathonDHS declares swine flu emergency Apr 26, 2009
Richard E. Besser, MD, (born 1959) is an ABC News Medical editor and formerly the acting director of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
Besser received his BA from Williams College and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Besser completed a residency and a chief residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
In 1991, Besser joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service which is under the supervision of the CDC. He was sent to Boston to investigate a minor outbreak of E. coli there. Officials were unhappy at the length and cost of the investigation, which included collecting deer feces from apple orchards, but Besser eventually found the source of the outbreak, which was apple cider.