Obama Exposed to Possible Swine Flu Case

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 27, 2009 4:02 AM CDT
A clown in Mexico City wears a surgical masks as a precaution against exposure to a deadly strain of swine flu.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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(Newser) – President Barack Obama was exposed this month in Mexico to a potential case of swine flu the day before the ailing Mexican official died, reports the Independent. Distinguished archeologist Felipe Solis, who met Obama at a state dinner, showed the president around Mexico's anthropology museum 11 days ago during Obama's visit to Mexico. Solis died the following day from "flu-like symptoms," according to Mexican press reports. Mexican officials deny Solis suffered from swine flu, and said he died of pneumonia.

US Health officials have given the president a clean bill of health after he exhibited no flu symptoms following the incubation period for swine flu. "The president doesn't have any symptoms, and his doctors advised that there was no need for him to be tested," an aide told the New York Daily News. The incubation period for the deadly new flu strain is believed to be just three days.