Isakson released from Atlanta hospital

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was released from an Atlanta hospital Thursday after being treated for a bacterial infection.

Isakson, 65, was admitted to the hospital Monday morning after spending much of Sunday in Macon to attend opening events of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

“Senator Isakson is still recovering from the bacterial infection, but his doctors felt that his condition has improved enough that he could go home and continue his recovery there,” spokeswoman Joan Kirchner said in a news release from his Washington, D.C., office. “Senator Isakson is feeling so much better and he is glad to get back home.”

The junior Georgia senator is up for re-election this year. He served three terms in the Marietta congressional seat once held by Newt Gingrich before being elected to the Senate in 2004.

Isakson’s work schedule will likely be light. The Senate passed President Obama’s health care reconciliation bill earlier Thursday and is set to go on Easter recess next week.

“We are allowing him to go home today on the condition that he do nothing but rest and recover for at least the next week,” said Dr. Steven Marlowe, one of Isakson’s attending physicians at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital.

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