Wilson released from hospital

August 27, 2011 

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson was released from the hospital early Saturday after a brief bout with a viral infection, according to Wilson's Twitter account.

"Felt good to be released from the hospital earlier today," Wilson tweeted. "Thanks for all your well wishes and prayers. I am grateful for all of them."

Wilson's office announced Wednesday that the West Columbia Republican was admitted to the hospital with an "extended fever."

"While the exact infectious agent has not yet been defined, there is no evidence of serious complication, and complete recovery is expected," Eric Dell, Wilson's chief of staff, said in an email Thursday .

A statement released last week said Wilson was taking antibiotics to treat symptoms of Lyme disease, which, at that time, he thought he might have contracted while working in his yard. Lyme disease is usually transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks.

Wilson's hospitalization derailed a tour of his district, including several local events. He was slated to tour Hunting Island State Park and meet with Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce leaders.

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