Colombian president comes down with the swine flu

August 31, 2009 03:15

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has the swine flu and officials are contacting other South American governments whose leaders attended a summit last week with the Colombian leader, authorities said Sunday. The 57-year-old Uribe began feeling symptoms Friday, the same day as a meeting of South American presidents in Bariloche, Argentina, and he was confirmed to have swine flu after returning home, Social Protection Minister Diego Palacio said. "This isn't something that has us scared," Palacio said at a news conference. He said Uribe is not considered a high-risk patient. Public health director Gilberto Alvarez said in a telephone interview that there was no need to put the president in isolation and that his condition would monitored for three days to a week. No family members or close associates of Uribe have shown swine flu symptoms, officials said.

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