April 30th, 2009
04:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama staffer sick after presidential Mexico trip

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A government official who traveled to Mexico City to support the delegation accompanying President Barack Obama later came down with flu-like symptoms, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.

Testing is underway to determine if the individual - an Energy Department staffer - contracted the swine flu virus.

The H1N1 virus outbreak originated in Mexico.

The unnamed individual has since recovered.

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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. constance from louisville

    mr. prez, i hope you don't get sick
    we need a strong leader in a crisis like this

    April 30, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. State of Tennessee

    Can the flu be spread from kissing the behind of foreign dictators? If so, the president should be under quarantine already.

    April 30, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Sandra

    The President and officials at the CDC give sound advice about the swine flu and things to do to avoid getting/spreading the virus. However, unlike those on their staff, I am severely under-employed AND uninsured. I have to go to work or I don't eat; won't have money for the necessities. I cannot afford to get sick either. Catch 22 right. So unless I am forced to stay home with the promise of pay (benefits) I'll be going to the job and continue looking for a better one. There are many people like me that are struggling. But because we don't have children to support (mine are grown) we don't count as families (divorced). Do we count ANYWHERE?

    April 30, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. No More Incumbents

    Quarantine O and his staff. Let them out in 3 1/2 yrs. Think of the savings!

    April 30, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    Sad, hope they feel better soon. Everyone needs to take a deep breath, and ....... relax!

    31,000 people DIE each year of the REGULAR flu!

    April 30, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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