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Obama's health not in danger: White House

Last updated on: April 28, 2009 12:28 IST

The White House on Tuesday said President Barack Obama's health was "never in danger" after a section of the media raised questions over his condition after he came in contact with a person in Mexico who died later due to swine flu.

The clarification came following reports that Felipe Solis, Director of Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology, who had come in contact with Obama during his visit to the country, died the day after due to swine flu, which is spreading fast in the American continent.

"The President's health was never in any danger," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.

"The doctors have informed me that the President's health was never in any danger; that he has not exhibited any symptoms; neither has anybody traveling with him; neither has any of the press that traveled with him that I'm aware of exhibited any symptoms that would cause some reason for concern," he said.

Obama visited Mexico April 16-17, at least three days after the beginning of the outbreak of swine flu that has now killed as many as 149 people in Mexico and infected a confirmed 44 in the United States.

Both the White House and Mexico later clarified Solis died of cardiac arrest, not of flu.

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