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Hastert Hospitalized for Skin Infection.


House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was admitted to Bethesda Naval Hospital on Thursday for treatment of cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the skin.

His office issued a short statement (click below to read) this afternoon.

I just talked to Hastert Spokesman Ron Bonjean (it's 9:51 p.m. eastern time) Bonjean said the Speaker `is frustrated and feisty that the docors required him to be off his feet to treat his skin infection.''

FYI...Hastert has adult diabetes. A diabetic has increased risks of infection.

release from the Speakers' office.........

The Speaker's physician is requiring him to remain at the hospital over the weekend and be off his feet for at least 72 hours so that it can be properly treated with intravenous antibiotics before returning to his normal schedule next week.

The Speaker discovered the infection located on his lower left leg and applied a topical ointment to the area. After a few days, he had the infection examined by his doctor today at Bethesda Naval Hospital and was diagnosed with cellulitis.

Please find a description of Cellulitis below:

Cellulitis (sel-u-LI-tis) is a bacterial infection of the skin. Cellulitis appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender, and it may spread rapidly without treatment.



I have had this ailment twice. It is very painful and, indeed, life threatening

cellulitis, a
bacterial skin infection. In the Feb. 7, 2003 issue of AIDS Treatment News,
doctors reported that they saw "a large increase in aggressive,
antibiotic-resistan t 'staph' (Staphylococcus aureus) skin infections in gay men
in some areas -- and a separate epidemic in certain prisons. Symptoms include
boils or blisters; treatment can be difficult, and sometimes requires
hospitalization. One HIV doctor in Los Angeles who used to see about one case
a year is now seeing two a week. In the past this infection occurred mainly in
hospitals." The reports of serious skin infections among gay men was also
reported in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 27, 2003.

http://www.waynemad senreport. com

http://www.rense. com/general73/ hast.htm

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