Costa Rican President Struck With Swine Flu

August 12, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, is infected with the swine flu, making Arias the first head of state to fall ill from the H1N1 virus. After feeling ill over the weekend, with symptoms of a fever and sore throat, tests confirmed on Tuesday that the President had swine flu.

Arias is resting at home and is well enough to continue some of his duties running the Central American country, by telecommuting. Although he has a mild case of the swine flu, Arias suffers from asthma. Swine flu sufferers having an underlying medical condition have been shown to develop additional complications from the virus.

However, Information Minister Mayi Antillon said, tests show Arias has not developed other complications.

Arias is a Nobel peace prize winner and recently tried to calm political unrest in Honduras, after President Manuel Zelaya was removed from power in June during a military coup.

With a slowing down during the summer, swine flu infections are expected to rise in the fall and winter months. The U.N. World Health Organization declared a swine flu pandemic on June 11, as the virus traveled around the world.

The virus could potentially infect 2 billion people. The small Country of Costa Rica has already had 20 deaths attributed to the swine flu.

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