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Colombian leader hit by swine flu

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, pictured on 29 August 2009
Mr Uribe was being treated at home and was doing well, an official said

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has been diagnosed with swine flu, his spokesman says, days after attending a regional summit.

The 57-year-old leader was being treated at his residence and was continuing to work, the spokesman said.

Mr Uribe returned on Saturday from a summit in Argentina attended by leaders from across South America.

Those who held talks with him had been told of his infection, the spokesman said.

The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) summit met in Argentina on Friday to discuss a deal giving US troops access to Colombian bases.

Several countries say the deal threatens regional peace - a charge the US and Colombia deny.

To date, 621 cases of swine flu have been recorded in Colombia of which 34 have proved fatal, Colombia's social protection ministry says.



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