White House Aide's Family Has Swine Flu
A White House security staffer came down with flu-like symptoms after traveling to Mexico with the president. His family showed they’re also infected with the swine flu.
On Sunday it was reported that the museum director who greeted Obama died from the swine flu.
Felipe Solis, the director of the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, greeted Barack Obama at the museum for dinner with dignitaries during Obama’s apology tour.
Solis died the next day from pneumonia.
Later the Mexican health boss Jose Cordova, however, said Mr Solis was already ill and his death was unrelated to swine flu.
The Politico reported:
The White House has issued a health advisory outlining “protective measures” for anyone who traveled on President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico after a member of the U.S. delegation came down with flu-like symptoms – and tests on his family showed they’re probably infected with the swine flu.
The individual – an advance security staffer for Energy Secretary Steven Chu –appears to have spread the flu to his wife, son and nephew. All three have tested probable for swine flu, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.
Gibbs, who did not name the security aide, said he did not work closely with Obama, didn’t fly on Air Force One and is back at work at the Energy Department.
But the staffer was at a working dinner Obama attended with Mexican officials April 16. The aide “was asked specifically if he ever came within six feet of the president, and the answer to that was ‘No,’ ” Gibbs said.
More… The White House was warned by a biosurveillance firm about a serious influenza outbreak in Mexico a full two weeks before the World Health Organization offered its first official warning about a public health emergency of global concern on April 24th.