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President Obama exposed to Mexican swine flu?

Safe bet that the president’s doctor is keeping him on a very close watch tonight:

The first case was seen in Mexico on April 13. The outbreak coincided with the President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico City on April 16.

Obama was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported. The newspaper didn’t confirm if Solis had swine flu or not.

There is still a question as to whether Solis died the next day or the next week (most of the Spanish news sources I’ve found report Solis’ death on this past Thursday, the 23rd), but either way, it’s chilling. It’s possible that either President Obama was exposed to a uniquely deadly form of influenza (and how many people has the president come in contact with over the last week and a half?), or Solis contracted the flu after he met President Obama and then died of it in less than a week.

While the White House says, “The president’s trip to Mexico has not put his health in any danger,” the potential scenario is straight out of a Stephen King novel.

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