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Mikulski admitted to hospital with lingering symptoms of flu; She missed trial yesterday but expects to return today

THE BALTIMORE SUN

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski checked herself into the emergency room at Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center yesterday for persistent flulike symptoms, which forced her to miss yesterday's session of President Clinton's Senate trial.

Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, expects to be released from the hospital in time for a scheduled vote today on the House prosecutors' proposed witness list, a spokeswoman said.

"She's had trouble fully shaking it over the last couple of weeks," Mona Miller, Mikulski's spokeswoman, said yesterday. "Following a visit to the Senate physician [Monday] and still feeling quite ill this morning, she went to a hospital emergency room this morning."

Miller added, "She's in good condition, but she has been admitted for observation, fluids and antibiotics."

Dan Collins, a hospital spokesman, said of Mikulski: "She was stable, in good condition. She's alert and doing well."

The 62-year-old Democrat, who is in her third term in the Senate, first felt sick earlier this month, and she missed several public events she had hoped to attend, including a major housing conference in Baltimore and the first day of the Maryland General Assembly's session in Annapolis. She was the only senator to miss yesterday's session of the trial.

A number of senators sitting in judgment of Clinton have seemed unwell at times. Among others, Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware and John Kerry of Massachusetts, both Democrats, have appeared under the weather, coughing and sneezing during several days of the trial.

"I think something is going around," Miller said yesterday.

Pub Date: 1/27/99

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