Costa Rican President Arias Diagnosed With Swine Flu (Update1)
By Eric Sabo
Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Costa Rican President Oscar Arias was diagnosed with swine flu, health officials said.
Arias will suspend public duties until his health recovers, the president’s office said today in an e-mailed statement.
The swine flu pandemic has sickened 865 people and caused 28 deaths in Costa Rica, mostly in children under the age of five, according to the Health Ministry.
Arias, 68, won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize and has been mediating talks to end the crisis in Honduras after the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya in June.
“I hope by Monday to return to my activities,” Arias said in the statement, adding that he suffered only mild fever and a sore throat. “I feel fine.”