H1N1 Flu Infects Even Presidents

Oscar Arias Swine Flu

The President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias, 68, had been infected with H1N1 flue. He was diagnosed yesterday after reportedly having flu-like symptoms for several days.

Arias, 1987 Nobel Peace Prize winner, is known to suffer from chronic asthma which makes him more susceptible to the H1N1 virus. He is the first head of state known to have been infected with the H1N1 influenza virus.

Arias will suspend public duties until his health recovers. However, he will be able to do much work by telecommuting via e-mail, conference calls, etc.

The swine flu pandemic has sickened 865 people and caused 28 deaths in Costa Rica, mostly in children under the age of five, according to the Health Ministry.


The public is asked to continue to use the following precautions:

* If you do need to travel, whenever possible avoid crowded enclosed spaces and close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.

* Individuals are advised to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and should seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influenza-like illness.

* Ill persons are encouraged to practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, wash hands).

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