Rep. Bean’s Daughter Apparently Has Swine Flu, Congresswoman ‘Is Likely Contagious’

Posted October 19, 2009 at 5:02pm

Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) had to cancel a public event on swine flu Monday after her daughter was diagnosed with the virus.

Bean was scheduled to discuss prevention of the H1N1 virus with Illinois Department of Public Health Director Damon Arnold at Hoffman Estates high school, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. But she canceled the event when her 16-year-old daughter tested positive for “Type A Influenza,— which means she likely has contracted H1NI. Bean’s husband is experiencing similar symptoms, but he has not been tested.

It’s unclear whether Bean will return to Capitol Hill this week. Her office did not immediately return calls Monday, and a statement from her spokesman that ran in the Sun-Times said Bean “has not yet suffered any symptoms herself,— but “has been heavily exposed to the virus and is likely contagious.—