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Clin­ton has mild bac­te­rial in­fec­tion

Cam­paign also re­leases choles­terol, mam­mo­gram info

- Heidi M. Przy­byla Health · U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Hillary Clinton · Chappaqua · New York · New York City · York City F.C. · Connecticut · Virginia · Timothy M. Kaine · United States of America · Congress of the United States · United States Congress · Donald Trump · Mehmet Öz · Republican Party (United States) · Kellyanne Conway · Brian Fallon

Hil­lary Clin­ton re­leased more de­tailed med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion Wed­nes­day that de­scribes the form of pneu­mo­nia she’s been di­ag­nosed with as a mild, non-con­ta­gious bac­te­rial in­fec­tion. The cam­paign also re­leased more de­tails about the re­sults of rou­tine lab tests given to the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, such as blood choles­terol lev­els and her an­nual mam­mo­gram.

Clin­ton has been at her home in Chap­paqua, N.Y., rest­ing since she was recorded leav­ing a Sept. 11 memo­rial cer­e­mony Sun­day in New York City, stum­bling and be­ing held up by her aides. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a CT scan of her chest Fri­day, Clin­ton was di­ag­nosed with a small right mid­dlelobe pneu­mo­nia, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter re­leased by the cam­paign from her physi­cian, Lisa Bar­dack. Clin­ton is be­ing treated with the an­tibi­otic Le­vaquin for 10 days.

Sun­day’s health in­ci­dent was pre­ceded by In­ter­net ru­mors fanned by con­ser­va­tive web­sites that the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee has broader health is­sues, a nar­ra­tive the cam­paign wants to squash af­ter Clin­ton spent much of Au­gust fundrais­ing in pri­vate in­stead of hold­ing public events.

Spokesman Brian Fal­lon said this week the for­mer sec­re­tary of State has no un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tion. Clin­ton suf­fers from sea­sonal al­ler­gies that de­vel­oped

into pneu­mo­nia, ac­cord­ing to her doc­tor.

In­cluded in the let­ter Wed­nes­day were the re­sults of ad­di­tional lab tests, as well as that of an an­nual mam­mo­gram, which was re­ported as nor­mal. Ac­cord­ing to Bar­dack, “the re­main­der of her com­plete phys­i­cal exam was nor­mal, and she is in ex­cel­lent men­tal con­di­tion.”

Bar­dack said: “She is re­cov­er­ing well with an­tibi­otics and rest. She con­tin­ues to re­main healthy and fit to serve.”

The cam­paign re­leased a health let­ter on Clin­ton’s run­ning mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, writ­ten by Brian Mon­a­han, the at­tend­ing physi­cian of the U.S. Con­gress, that stated Kaine is in “over­all ex­cel­lent health.”

Bar­dack placed Clin­ton’s con­di­tion in the con­text of a num­ber of re­cent al­lergy flairs, “a typ­i­cal pat­tern for most of her life.” In Jan­uary, Clin­ton re­ceived a tube in her left ear to treat an in­fec­tion and si­nusi­tis. On Sept. 2, she was found to have a low-grade fever, con­ges­tion and fa­tigue, con­di­tions that wors­ened and de­vel­oped into a cough as she trav­eled over the fol­low­ing week.

Clin­ton has come un­der crit­i­cism for not dis­clos­ing that she was sick un­til two days af­ter the pneu­mo­nia di­ag­no­sis. In an in­ter­view Mon­day night on CNN, Clin­ton said she did not share her con­di­tion ear­lier be­cause she “didn’t think it was go­ing to be that big a deal” and called on the me­dia to hold Don­ald Trump to the “same stan­dard” of trans­parency. She said she thought she “could power through it,” but that “didn’t work out so well.”

Clin­ton’s his­tory of blood clots has been a fo­cus of at­ten­tion. She un­der­went anti-co­ag­u­la­tion ther­apy to dis­solve a blood clot and had to wear spe­cial glasses to cor­rect dou­ble vi­sion for nearly two months in late 2012. She’s had two prior blood clots in her leg, once in 1998 and once in 2009.

Wed­nes­day’s let­ter said test­ing in co­or­di­na­tion with her hema­tol­o­gist within the past month had come back nor­mal. Trump dis­cussed records from a phys­i­cal he had last week dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on The Dr.

Oz Show, which is set to air Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to a sum­mary pro­vided by the show.

The Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee shared in­for­ma­tion about the exam hours af­ter his cam­paign sig­naled he would talk about health mat­ters only in a very gen­eral sense. Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, cam­paign man­ager Kellyanne Con­way told Fox News the re­sults of Trump’s exam would be shared pub­licly this week.

The state­ment from the Oz pro­gram said Trump’s phys­i­cal was per­formed by Harold Born­stein, his per­sonal physi­cian, who pro­claimed in a brief let­ter last year that the real es­tate mogul would be the “health­i­est in­di­vid­ual ever elected to the pres­i­dency.”

At 70, Trump would be the old­est can­di­date elected pres­i­dent for the first time; Clin­ton will turn 69 in Oc­to­ber.

“The re­main­der of her com­plete phys­i­cal exam was nor­mal, and she is in ex­cel­lent men­tal con­di­tion.” Lisa Bar­dack, Hil­lary Clin­ton’s physi­cian

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