Costa Rica

    President Oscar Arias is suffering from the H1N1 virus, making him the first head of state known to have contracted swine flu. Nobel Peace Prize winner Arias, 68, has a mild case of the virus which he tested positive for Aug. 11 after feeling unwell at the weekend, the government said. More than 20 people have died of swine flu in Costa Rica. The H1N1 flu outbreak, declared a pandemic on June 11, has spread around the world since emerging in April and could eventually affect 2 billion people, according to WFO estimates. (Reuters)

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