Science/Environment

Obama Shook Hands With Man Who Died From Swine Flu?

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The news about the flu is scary enough, but to think that the leader of the free world may have been exposed to this newly mutated virus is disturbing.

To be clear, this hasn’t been confirmed and the man in the picture isn’t the one who died, but that is the same museum Obama was in when he greeted the man.

So I realize that the title isn’t entirely accurate, just read this from Bloomberg:

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.

And here’s what Mexico is doing to try and contain it…

The Mexican government is distributing breathing masks to curtail the disease’s spread. There is no vaccine against the new strain of swine flu, health authorities said.

Museums, theaters and other venues in the Mexico City area, where large crowds gather, have shut down voluntarily and concerts and other events canceled to help contain the disease. Two professional soccer games will be played tomorrow in different Mexico City stadiums without any fans, El Universal newspaper reported. Catholic masses will be held, the newspaper said, although church officials urged worshipers to wear breath masks and to avoid contact.

Schools will likely remain closed next week, Calderon said in the Oaxaca speech. The decree allows Calderon to regulate transportation, enter any home or building for inspection, order quarantines and assign any task to all federal, state and local authorities as well as health professionals to combat the disease.

Again, very scary stuff and I’ll try to keep everybody up to date with what’s going on.