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Iowa's Governor Falls Ill, Taken to Hospital

Jan 26, 2015

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad remains hospitalized for observation, rest, and hydration after falling ill during an event in Johnston Monday afternoon.

Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) will remain hospitalized overnight after falling ill during an event Monday afternoon
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

The governor's office said he was "alert, conscious and accurately answering questions" while being transported via ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

Communications Director Jimmy Centers said Branstad was given intravenous fluids upon arrival to address dehydration and symptoms of a viral illness.

Dr. Mark Purtle, Chief Medical Officer of UnityPoint Health-Des Moines, said based on a review of the governor's medical records and a visit with him and his attending physicians, it is believed Branstad has a viral illness with dehydration.

"We also conducted a series of tests in which we ruled out other contributing factors, including cardiac issues," said Dr. Purtle.  "The governor is still receiving fluids and is resting comfortably."

All public events for Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have been canceled for Tuesday, Jan. 27.  Reynolds said she also intends to visit her doctor out of "an abundance of caution."