Beaufort News

Rep. Wilson back in action after hospitalization

Beaufort County's congressman is back in action after being hospitalized with a viral infection last week.

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-West Columbia, plans to attend a Labor Day parade Monday in Chapin, which will be his first public event since his illness, said his spokesman, Neal Patel.

Wilson checked into the hospital Aug. 24 after an extended fever.

The week prior, his staff had said, he was taking antibiotics for symptoms of Lyme disease, which is transmitted by the bite of infected ticks. Wilson thought he might have contracted it while working in his yard.

After admission to the hospital, however, his staff said he was battling a viral infection.

Patel said Wilson was released Aug. 27 and spent a few days resting at home.

"He's back to being himself," Patel said.

Wilson's hospitalization derailed a tour of his district, which included several local events, such as a tour of Hunting Island State Park and a meeting with Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce leaders. He was also scheduled to meet constituents at Blackstone's Cafe in Beaufort and Jasper's Porch in Ridgeland.

That tour has been bumped to Sept. 26-30, Patel said.

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