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Obama OK after Mexico trip

Globe Staff / April 28, 2009
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It was one of the more curious sidelights of yesterday's extensive coverage of the increasingly serious swine flu outbreak: Did President Obama get exposed to the deadly virus when he met a Mexican official earlier this month?

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, "The president, nor anybody that I know of traveling with him in either a governmental or press capacity, has shown any symptoms that would denote cause for any concern," Gibbs said.

To try to quell the speculation, the White House issued a statement late yesterday from the Mexican Embassy.

"Mr. Felipe Solís, director of Mexico's National Anthropology Museum died on April 23rd, a week after he welcomed Presidents Obama and Calderón at the Museum. He died of complications of a preexisting condition and not of swine flu," said embassy spokesman Ricardo Alday.

Gibbs did say that the White House was not warned about the outbreak before the president's stop in Mexico City, but said "there's no reason to believe" Mexican officials "withheld any information."