HHS secretary briefly hospitalized for 'minor infection'

HHS secretary briefly hospitalized for 'minor infection'
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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar is back at work Monday after being hospitalized for a minor infection.

"I'm grateful for the incredible doctors & nurses who provided me with excellent care during my one-night stay at @StVincentIN. Also thankful for my wife, who insisted that I call my primary care doctor when I wasn't feeling well. Glad to be back at work for the American people," Azar tweeted. 



An HHS spokesperson said Sunday evening Azar was hospitalized to treat a minor infection out of an "abundance of caution."

"Earlier this evening the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex M. Azar II, was treated with intravenous antibiotics for a minor infection," a spokesperson said in a statement. 

"Out of an abundance of caution, he has been admitted to a hospital for observation." 


The Washington Post also reported that Azar is "doing fine" and working from the hospital. 

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This story was updated at 1:32 p.m.