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Colombian president infected with A/H1N1 flu

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe was infected with the A/H1N1 influenza, Minister of Social Protection of Colombia Diego Palacio confirmed on Sunday.

Uribe developed symptoms of the flu on Friday after coming back from Argentina for a summit of South American countries. He had accepted medical inspection and was under treatment, said the minister.


Colombian president;A/H1N1 flu

File photo taken on Jan. 16, 2009 shows Colombian President Alvaro Uribe speaking during the Summit of the Presidents of Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Panama in the Panama City. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has the swine flu virus but is doing well, his spokesman said on August 30, 2009.

Palacio affirmed that Uribe continued performing his duties normally as president despite the medical treatment and his voluntary quarantine.

"We government officials are in contact with the president. I received three minutes ago the latest information about his condition, and we were told that he was totally in peace at present," Palacio said.

He noted that Uribe was not required to be hospitalized and was "treated as an outpatient at home."

Meanwhile, Cesar Velasquez, spokesman of the Casa de Narino (Headquarters of Government) said in a statement that the Colombian government had sent a notice to the governments of the countries that attended the summit and suggested that the attendees receive medical inspection to determine whether they had been infected by the flu.

None of the government officials of Colombia accompanying Uribe to the summit in Argentina was found infected with the disease.

There have been 621 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu in Colombia so far, including 34 deaths, Palacio said.

The government had tightened control at hospitals and health centers to avoid a large-scale outbreak of the flu in Colombia.

 Source : Xinhua  Editor: Ivy
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