News World Senator Dianne Feinstein suffers from encephalitis

Senator Dianne Feinstein suffers from encephalitis

May 19, 2023, 01:20 BST

Updated 2 hours ago

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An elderly member of the United States Senate has been diagnosed with encephalitis, his office said.

Dianne Feinstein, 89, developed Ramsey Hunt syndrome, which can cause facial paralysis, her office said.

The encephalitis resolved on its own, but he continues to deal with Ramsey Hunt syndrome, according to the statement.

He returned to Washington on May 10 after an absence of nearly three months.

The California Democrat was hospitalized with shingles in late February and is recovering at his home in San Francisco.

Her spokesperson told the BBC on Thursday: “The senator has previously revealed that she has had a number of complications related to her shingles diagnosis.”

“Those complications include Ramsay Hunt syndrome and encephalitis,” the report added.

He continued: “Although the encephalitis resolved on its own shortly after he was discharged from the hospital in March, he continues to have complications from Ramsay Hunt syndrome.”

His aide’s statement contradicted the senator’s own comments on Thursday, according to CNN. The network quoted Ms Feinstein as denying that she had encephalitis, saying that she “really misdiagnoses herself” and “it’s really just a bad flu.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, meningitis can cause symptoms including personality changes, seizures, confusion, and vision or hearing problems.

Other high-profile people diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome include Canadian pop star Justin Bieber.

Details of Ms. Feinstein’s singles issues have not been previously revealed.

When he arrived at the Capitol last week, he was using a wheelchair, which his office says may be necessary at times due to vision and balance problems.

His doctors advised him to work a “light schedule,” the statement said.

Upon his return, the Senate Judiciary Committee gave him a standing ovation and confirmed three of President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees.

His absence has delayed the panel’s efforts to confirm federal judges, with Democrats occupying only a small seat.

Members of his own party have called for his resignation, saying he is unfit to serve the constituents.

He is not seeking re-election in 2024, and several Democratic members of Congress, Barbara Lee, Katie Porter and Adam Schiff, have already launched the race to succeed him.

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