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New information regarding the health of an elderly U.S. senator is raising questions about her continued service in Congress.
A representative for Sen. Dianne Feinstein confirmed that the senator’s recent health-related absence from the Senate was more serious than previously thought on Thursday, responding to inquiry from The New York Times.
Feinstein returned to Washington after a two-month medical leave earlier this month to receive treatment for shingles.
Feinstein’s representative disclosed that the 89-year-old Democrat experienced the shingles complication of encephalitis during her absence.
The rare condition can affect the mental state of those who suffer from it; causing memory problems, confusion, and difficulty walking, according to the Times.
Feinstein also experienced a shingles complication known as Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
The condition can cause facial, balance and vision impairments.
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