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Americans Bring the Flu to Normandy

While French and Americans are preparing to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, the swine flu makes a comeback:

A U.S. official in Normandy to prepare President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit has been diagnosed with swine flu and is being treated in a hospital, French authorities said Friday.

Eleven other members of the U.S. delegation were placed in isolation for 24 hours in their hotel rooms and given medical treatment, said an official at the Calvados region administrative headquarters. The official was not authorized to be identified publicly.

Read the whole thing here.

Thanks to my friend Jennifer Zambone for the tip.

Also, when I was searching French newspapers for a reference of this hospitalization, I came across this news: Last week, the remains of a U.S. soldier were found in the village of Saint-Germain-d’Elle in Normandy. According to the newspaper, this soldier was part of the group of Americans who fought violent battles to gain access to and secure the city of Saint Lo after the June 6, 1944 landing. French officials are now looking for the identity of the soldier. When his family is identified, it will have the choice to bring the soldier back to the U.S. or leave him in Normandy with many other American heroes. 

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