Heard Gupta's Swine Flu Spiel? Well, He Got It, Too
CNN doc, and onetime Surgeon General candidate, falls ill in Afghanistan
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2009 7:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – Now just imagine how embarrassing this would’ve been if he had been Surgeon General: Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s medical talking head, got swine flu on a recent reporting trip to Afghanistan, he writes in a blog post today. “I am not someone who gets sick, really ever,” he writes. “And this was the sickest I have ever been.”

“It is worth pointing out the irony of a medical reporter getting influenza type A,” Gupta notes, adding that he got to visit a battlefield hospital as an actual patient. And now we know he’s not just regurgitating what your own doctor might tell you. “It was a lot like … the flu—with a different name.”