By Jordy Yager - 10/22/09 09:42 PM EDT
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) is reluctantly going to try to keep his distance from his wife this weekend since she was diagnosed with swine flu on Monday, he told The Hill in an interview.
Wilson was upset that he wasn’t going to spend as much quality time as usual with his wife, Roxanne Wilson, over the weekend out of fear that he would catch the H1N1 virus from her.
He said he planned on getting the H1N1 vaccination in the near future but only after “the majority of the American people” receive their vaccinations.
Vaccine arrived on Capitol Hill on Wednesday and is being administered by the Office of the Attending Physician according to the guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with priority given to pregnant women, small children, and people with pre-existing illnesses.
Wilson gained recent publicity for his “You lie” remarks during President Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress last month.
To date, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has been the only lawmaker to announce that he has swine flu. Though on Monday, Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) announced that her 16-year-old daughter had the virus, which caused her to cancel a swine-flu prevention event in a Chicago suburb.
The House Office of the Clerk also announced on Monday that 10 House pages were treated over the weekend for “flu-like symptoms” in a potential outbreak of swine flu.
The Office of the Attending Physician (OAP) is not testing for swine flu but is treating all flu-like symptoms as an H1N1 outbreak under recommendations by the CDC.