October 21st, 2009
03:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Congressman contracts swine flu

The H1N1 virus commonly known as 'swine flu' has hit Capitol Hill.
The H1N1 virus commonly known as 'swine flu' has hit Capitol Hill.

(CNN) – The H1N1 virus commonly known as 'swine flu' has hit Capitol Hill.

Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon, tweeted Monday evening a doctor diagnosed him with the virus and is heading off to "seclusion for a while."

Andrew Whelan, Walden's press secretary, confirmed to CNN the congressman has fallen victim to swine flu and is following his doctor's orders to "get some rest and take it easy."

Walden appears to be the first member of Congress to come down with H1N1, though other representatives have said their children have contracted the virus.

CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report


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  1. We Won Get Over It

    and GUESS WHAT he has the best health care available, paid for the by the American taxpayer....Gee if we could only yank that safety net out from under some of those republicans for a month or two maybe they would realize what a lot of American citizens without THAT HEALTH INSURANCE are going thru.

    October 21, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Some republican guy

    Don't let them fool you!!! Swine flu was developed in the secret underground laboratory of the narcisstic obamabots!!!! They tell you their giving your grandbabies the vaccine. Then a week later one of your grandbabies is stomping around the house in a Chay Guevaro t-shirt and a buray hat shouting "workers of the world unite" and your other grandbaby is trying to explain to anybody who listens about how the proletarians are being exploited!!!!! Then your grandbabies turn you in to the illegle aliens and union thugs from ACORN for having an assault rifle!!! And then they take you in front of the death panel!!!!! You know how to avoid all this? If anybody tries to give you the vaccine, ask to see there birth certificate. If they can't produce one guess what? Their an obamabot!!!!!!Be afraid. Be very afraid!!!!!!!! Have a nice day!

    October 21, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. victim of republican greed

    Hope he can get back soon so he can vote against helping Americans.

    October 21, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Change_Has_Begun

    Lucky you...you have health care...hope this will make you think about others...

    October 21, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. republicans hate america

    who paid for his doctor visit?

    October 21, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Jake

    maybe this will inspire him to motivate the rest of his party to stop getting in the way of healthcare overhaul?

    October 21, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You gotta stay away from filthy politicians. Good luck with that, and get well soon.

    October 21, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Kate in San Diego

    Get well soon!

    October 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. steven

    Wouldn't matter if this new "health-care" legislation had passed already or not, he's a legislator so he is exempt from the health care bill.

    October 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Pam

    Lucky for him he has excellent health insurance (which we all pay for). How many thousands have been diagnosed with swine flu and don't have health insurance?

    October 21, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Pat F

    Correction:

    He has EMPLOYER provided health care. The government is his EMPLOYER. He works for a living.

    He is not sitting on his rear, watching Oprah and eating Doritos, and waiting for a welfare check and a public health care card so he can get free Methadone.

    October 21, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. They call me "tater salad"

    I wonder if he likes HIS, free, taxpayer funded, Government Run Healthcare Plan now???!!! Or would he rather give it up to purchase a private policy out of his own pocket instead of the free taxpayer funded ride he currently enjoy's right now! HYPOCRIT!!!!!

    October 21, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Johny

    If he would have contracted the seasonal flu, this would not even be on the news. These news outlets need to stop the fear mongering and panic spreading. Let this flu strain run its course. Give them the same advice that is given every year with regards to the flu. Stop reporting every single case in every town or city or state, and the people will begin to calm down and think rationally.

    October 21, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. S Callahan

    It's a nasty flu/virus.....Get well!

    ps..CNN please let Ed Rollins know the article on woman was beautiful....and a wonderful tribute to all woman, his mother included.

    October 21, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. ANGIE IN PA

    Well atleast he has Healthcare Goverment good Healthcare at that

    October 21, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Grog in Ohio

    Good thing the congressman has decent health insurance!

    October 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Obama Victim

    if the Obozo administration had done a better job proving the vaccine, per haps this gentleman would not be ill......again, The Messiah fails us

    October 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Christian Values

    I hope the senator gets better soon. He must have a good government provided health care. I think we should have HIS type of health care, but the first step is the public option.

    October 21, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Emma

    He has a great medical plan so he isn't worried about his health!

    Who is paying for his great health care coverage..........now all you American taxpayers, let me hear you say

    "ME."

    October 21, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Quick

    Good thing this Congressman has a public health plan that he can use.

    October 21, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. G2

    Maybe if congress gets the swine flu we can keep them out of session so that they don't pass this crazy health reform legislation or any other crazy legislation.

    October 21, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Paul from Phoenix

    The Federal Government has only provided 25% of the Swine Flu vaccines that were promised. Nice Job.

    The Lack of Swine Flu Vaccines = Obama's Katrina Moment.

    Now lets see if it gets reported that way.

    October 21, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Has anyone ever thought about this Swine Flu outbreak is an act of Terrorist? Is it so hard for the government to think about this?

    Instead of using homemade bombs to blow up our bridges, buildings and government offices, the terrorists are smart enough to use their friendly bugs to kill us.

    October 21, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Gloria J.

    Just want to know, if these gentlemen got the Swine flu shot? Because, as a health professional, I've still not decided if I should get the shot or not, and if they did, I've got my answer, thank you.

    October 21, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Diana

    Isn't it nice to be able to take off and see a doctor when so many others can't.

    October 21, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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