A member of President Barack Obama’s entourage was infected with swine flu while in Mexico. The president’s press secretary assured the world yesterday that the Prez is as fit as ever. Meanwhile, the sick federal agent and his family are being taunted and shunned. WaPo
Marc S. Griswold, a former Secret Service agent who was serving as the lead advance special agent for Energy Secretary Steven Chu on the mid-April trip, said in an interview that the minor cough he developed in Mexico grew into swine flu. Although he has recovered and is back to work, he and his family have watched in shock as his illness has sparked national security concerns, severely strained his relationship with his brother and put his family at the center of rumors and panic in his Severna Park neighborhood.
Over the past two days, his daughter, who was not infected, has endured stares and mean jokes as rumors spread through her school about her family’s role in some of the first swine flu cases in the region, Griswold said. Griswold probably infected his nephew, and now the parents, close friends, refuse to talk to him.
“We’re not the Typhoid Mary family, for goodness’ sake,” Griswold said in frustration on the front steps of his house. “We’ve been told we’re not contagious. We’re already past the seven-day mark for that.”