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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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. independent

    I hope the Congressman questions his fellow GOP congressmen about their opinions last Spring, when they advised the country and the President not to waste time and money develping an H!N1 vaccine and the the Swine ful issue was fake and a Democratic Party plot to distract from the economic crisis.

    October 21, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Doug

    I guess he did not learn to listen to HHS Secretary Sebilious about coughing on his sleeve and wiping his hands after being on the hill.
    What happens when they close Congress over this outbreak? It is the schools, at work and with little vaccine to go around and noe Congress. Simply ironic.

    October 21, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Boomer in Mo

    At least he has affordable health care, paid for by us of course.

    October 21, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Pepou

    I wish him well, with a good insurance plan which includes a PUBLIC OPTION.

    October 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Hawk Texas

    Don't worry< he has taxpayer paid insurance so what ever it takes to get him well it will not cost him a dime. only the poor working slobs that have no insurance.now he can go back to the hill and vote against helping americans.

    October 21, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. richard

    Bet he has good health care

    October 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Get well soon sir..we need you back as soon as possible to prevent the unconstituional health care bill from being passed

    October 21, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Marie Laveaux

    Hope the gentleman gets well soon. Oh, and Some Republican Guy...well done. That just about sums up the whole right wing paranoid tantrum. Keep the funny stuff rolling, we need it right now.

    October 21, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. CHANGE.COM

    This shouldn't be any news since thousands, if not millions, of Americans are going through it, including my family! Unless perhaps you look at it through the lens of healthcare reform. This bozo has health insurance and can get the best care available. Millions of Americans don't and will either die or end up in emergency rooms with exorbitant costs associated with it. It's time for reform now with a public option, which the CBO now projects, will actually reduce the deficit.

    October 21, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is it interesting how these things come about huh? Swine flu epidemic right in line with these Healthcare debates. Gives you pause for thought. This Congressman will hopefully get some unfretful bedrest, take his meds, and be back on the job in a week or two. He'll lay in bed thinking about anything and everything except the fact that he CAN'T afford to be sick for too long because his health insurance will not cover his illness after x period of time. People who have been ill will tell you that your frame of mind while you're convalescing has a lot to do with how quickly you recover. If you're worrying about not been able to afford getting sick chances are your recovery will not be as expedient.

    Your'e very lucky Mr. Congressman. Wish everyone was as lucky.

    October 21, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Calidan

    I suppose God had a reason for punishing this Republican with H1N1. I guess God wants more Republicans to support the right to health care for all...

    October 21, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Scott

    Politics aside, I wouldn't want anyone to get swine flu, regardless of political sides they are in.

    Good luck.

    October 21, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. brownvan

    It was inevitable that the Swine on Capitol Hill would contract the Swine flu. It will probably run throught the whole herd.

    October 21, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Tina

    Lucky you. You get to miss work. Be sure and get lots of rest and get well soon. You wouldn't want to miss voting 'NO' for healthcare, now would you?

    October 21, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    He can afford to stay home, get excellent healthcare and at the same time be paid. Can you?

    October 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Rep. Walden is doing the right thing by isolating himself – the recommendation is to stay away from people until you're fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

    I hope that he recovers soon and that no one else in his family/friends/collegues catches it! (And then I hope he votes for meaningful health care reform, to include a robust public option and the elimination of exclusion for pre-existing conditions.)

    October 21, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Tony

    Get well soon!

    October 21, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    thats a darn shame

    October 21, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Anna, MD

    I'm a Democrat and a supporter of the public option, and I wish the Congressman a speedy recovery. No one wants this swine flu to take another life, or make others ill.

    I think he did the responsible thing in notifying everyone and going into seclusion.

    Get well soon, Congressman.

    October 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. FraudDog

    Now if the people would take away the insurance coverage for members of Congress MAYBE they'd feel like the rest of us! Swine flu for lobbiest sucking pigs... who would have thought?

    October 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Peter s

    Get well quickly but how I wish you didn't have insurance!! just to experience what common folks goes through!!

    October 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. msb

    Get well soon! Hope it isnt too bad.

    October 21, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Jake

    So, maybe now they'll notice how far behind the gov't is on their H1N1 vaccination schedule???

    October 21, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Tomba Enmana

    Sorry about that. I wish you a quick recovery

    October 21, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Jeff

    Sincerely, all the best for a speedy recovery Rep Walden. And I am sure you are happy you have health insurance. A public option is the right thing to do. Give some reflective thought to this while "in seclusion for a while".

    October 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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