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HHS Secretary Alex Azar discharged from hospital

The top Health and Human Services official was admitted Sunday for observation 'out of an abundance of caution.'

Susan Morse, Senior Editor

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was discharged from St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, this morning after being admitted on Sunday for observation and treatment of a minor infection.

"The Secretary has been fully functional during his brief period of observation and has been in regular contact with HHS senior leadership," the Department of Health and Human Services said by statement on Monday. "He will be back in the office tomorrow in Washington, D.C.

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Azar was back at work on Monday, according to The Washington Times.

"The Secretary and his family thank everyone for their concerns and well wishes. They are extremely grateful for the incredible doctors and nurses who provided him with excellent care during his one-night stay at St. Vincent's," HHS said.

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A statement on Sunday said Azar was treated with intravenous antibiotics for a minor infection. 

"Out of an abundance of caution he has been admitted to a hospital for observation," HHS said.

Azar, a former Eli Lilly executive, was confirmed to lead HHS in January.

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