Costa Rican President Óscar Arias Has Swine Flu

President Óscar Arias of Costa Rica recently confirmed that he has been diagnosed with the Swine Flu. The Noble Peace Prize winner said in a statement that he is being quarantined at his home and receiving treatments of the anti-flu medicine oseltamivir.

"The pandemic makes no distinctions," Arias pointed out, "I am one more case in this country and I am being submitted to the recommendations that health authorities have established for the entire population."

Although there has been international concern over the swine flu epidemic, relatively few deaths have been reported as directly related to the H1N1 virus. The diagnosis is a bit more serious for Arias, who already suffers from asthma. But the Costa Rican president assured his public that he was feeling fine, "Aside from the discomfort of the fever and sore throat, I feel in good shape and in full capacity to carry out my work by telecommuting."