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Colombia's Uribe Falls Ill With Swine Flu

Hey, Alvaro Uribe, next time you feel the flu bug coming on, you might consider Skype instead of rubbing your infected shoulders with those of other world leaders.

Colombia's Uribe talks to the press in Argentina. Daniel Garcia/Getty Images hide caption

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Colombia's Uribe talks to the press in Argentina.

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Colombian President Uribe started feeling sick on Friday just as a summit of South American presidents was getting rolling in Argentina, the Associated Press reported. "During a public event on Saturday, he was sneezing and had a fever and aching muscle," says the Guardian.

On Sunday, after he got home, the 57-year-old was a confirmed swine flu case. Colombia's foreign ministry is calling leaders in other countries who came into contact with Uribe. At the meeting he defended his country's increasingly close military ties with the US.

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias wasn't there because his Central American country isn't a member of the Union of South American Nations, which convened at an Argentinian ski resort. But he wouldn't have had anything to worry about.

Arias got sick with swine flu earlier this month and presumably would have been immune to whatever Uribe may have been spreading.

There have been 621 confirmed cases of swine flu in Colombia so far, with 34 fatalities.