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CNN’s Sanjay Gupta gets swine flu in Afghanistan

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN got the swine flu while in Afghanistan and was knocked out for a few days. But he’s fine now. Here’s an excerpt from his blog:

I am not someone who gets sick, really ever. And this was the sickest I have ever been. I would’ve much preferred my own bed with all the comforts of home – including a wife who would’ve taken great pity on me and allowed me lots of rest and relaxation. Still, I am here to blog about it, after taking the requisite few days to stay at home and not spread my gift from Afghanistan to all my colleagues at work. In case you are curious, there wasn’t much the doctors could really do for me. Some Tylenol and a sinus decongestant (the same my wife would’ve given me). We also got IV fluids, given our inability to keep anything down. Within a couple days, I felt a lot better, and a few days after that – I was back to normal. It was a lot like… the flu – with a different name. A lot of people will get the exact symptoms I described above, and for most people, it will simply mean a few miserable days, hopefully spent in your home – and not in a war zone.

23 comments Add your comment

AtlantaMo

September 24th, 2009
6:40 pm

Lordy, he is an egotistical SOB. Overexposed too. Glad to hear he is at least human, though I don’t wish illness on anyone.

Deanna

September 24th, 2009
6:59 pm

Sanjay’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.

NA

September 24th, 2009
7:13 pm

he should have pull to get a flu shot before traveling around the world

Lawyerdaggett

September 24th, 2009
7:15 pm

AtlantaMo. Didn’t your mother ever tell you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Mary

September 24th, 2009
7:39 pm

Enter your comments here
Dr Gupta, I am so very happy that you are ok and home again.
Praise the Lord–He gets all the credit!

Can you & AC/DC just stay put for a while please?
I look forward to your reporting very much always.
Thank you for all of your hard work. And yes, thank you for not
going to DC.
ms

Halsey

September 24th, 2009
7:54 pm

Sure would be nice if the media would stop calling H1N1 the “Swine flu” since that is a misnomer.

Julie

September 24th, 2009
8:14 pm

How do you know it’s the H1N1 vs. just the the regular ol’ flu?

BCatl

September 24th, 2009
8:17 pm

Does this guy do anything but think about himself? He’s working his H1N1 infection for all it’s worth. I guess I’ll take his word for it, but I’m not sure. If he really did have it, then I’d call him a cry baby for all the bellyaching he’s done about it. Grow up!

Dixie

September 24th, 2009
8:21 pm

‘Sanjay’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet’

Then he’s handsome, intelligent and nice! Too bad he’s already married.

I’m glad you’re feeling better, Dr. Gupta!

TB

September 24th, 2009
8:45 pm

Dr Gupta is a very nice guy….and i wish him and his family well. We all fall but only a few of us are willing to get back up.

Chris

September 24th, 2009
8:48 pm

Enter your comments here:

I think it was nice of Dr. Gupta to tell everyone that having the H1N1 flu wasn’t really a big deal, so that people can stop panicking! If you were alive in 1969 {or there about}, then you know that the Hong Kong flu was worse, by far, according to the death rate.

jarvis

September 24th, 2009
9:28 pm

What about that was belly aching? He sounded pretty relaxed about it. He basically said it was just like the ordinary flu.

Mike

September 24th, 2009
10:24 pm

OMG! OMG! SWINE FLU!!! WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE! RUN! RUN! CLOSE THE SCHOOLS! WEAR A MASK!!!

Sheesh.

jm

September 24th, 2009
10:44 pm

Jerry Hurley

September 24th, 2009
11:54 pm

Most H1N1 victims have been children and young adults. They did not have a smallpox vaccination. The WHO withdrew smallpox vaccina from all but some military use around 1970. Some people refused to be vaccinated and some vaccinations did not “take.” So, did Sanjay have a successful smallpox vaccination?
For what its worth, most H5N1 victims were children and young adults. And, most HIV Positives did not have a smallpox vaccination.
I sure hope someone will post an answer.

MAN!

September 25th, 2009
12:44 am

Good. That that dumb azz shouldn’t have been over there in the first place. :)

Leslie

September 25th, 2009
12:45 am

Enter your comments here
Dr. Gupta, we all admire you greatly for so many reasons. We are sorry you contacted the flu but grateful you are better. We will pray for you. Hang in there!!!!

Dr. Know

September 25th, 2009
5:34 am

Sanjay is NOT the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. He is very self centered and egotistical. If you are not high on the food chain, you are a feeder to him. He is a driven, self-promoting climber. Swine flu… good for him. He is a fake and a phony. Don’t fall for his stuff… I’ve seen him in action!

Ron

September 25th, 2009
6:51 am

Dr Gupta did not say he had been “diagnosed” with the Swine Flu he just said he had it. I have a feeling we are going to have a winter where everyone who gets the flu are automatically going to say it was the H1N1 flu. At least that seems to be the case in the past. The individual who mentioned the Hong Kong Flu of late 1969/early 70 was correct. I remember from personal experience. Most of the cases of H1N1 that I have heard about on the media have be relatively mild cases and though can be fatal the rate has be no higher than from the seasonal flu.

Donald D

September 25th, 2009
7:37 am

I appreciate Dr. Gupta reporting about his personal experience with H1N1. Thanks Sanjay!!!

Jessica

September 25th, 2009
8:22 am

@Atlantamo: you are disgusting!

And another thing...

September 25th, 2009
10:03 am

Dr. Know….I think Dr. Gupta is the real thing ….sorry you feel that way.

Dina

September 25th, 2009
10:23 am

Thanks for sharing Sanjay. All the best!