Isakson admitted to Atlanta hospital

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was admitted to Northside Hospital in Atlanta on Monday for what doctors are calling a bacterial infection.

“He plans to return to work as soon as the doctors give him the OK,” said Sheridan Watson, Isakson’s press secretary.

Isakson, 65, spent Sunday in Macon for the Cherry Blossom Opening Worship Service before spending the night in Atlanta.

The junior Georgia senator, who is running for re-election this year, checked into Northside Hospital Monday morning after feeling ill and dehydrated, his office said in a press release. “Senator Isakson is responding very well to the treatment and is feeling much better,” Isakson spokewoman Joan Kirchner said. “He met this morning with his Senate chief of staff at the hospital and hopes to be back at work soon.”

There is no word yet on when Isakson will return to Washington.

To contact writer Thomas L. Day, call 744-4489.