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Baldwin 'feeling the effects' of H1N1 virus
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MADISON - Rep. Tammy Baldwin's office announced Friday that she has been sidelined with H1N1.

Baldwin, D-Madison, stayed in her Washington D.C. apartment on the advice of her doctor, according to a news release. She missed votes Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

"Like many Americans, I'm feeling the effects of this nasty virus," Baldwin said. "Thankfully, I'm already beginning to feel better and hope to be back to full strength very soon."

Baldwin said she regretted missing House business, including consideration of a bill she supported that would overhaul the financial system.

While she's out, Baldwin will not be able to vote absentee, according to her office.

She hopes to be back in her office next week.

Constituents still can contact her Madison office at (608) 251-8737, her Beloit office at (608) 362-2838 or her Washington office at (202) 225-6942.

H1N1, commonly referred to a swine flu, has caused the recent deaths of three more people in Wisconsin, according to the Associated Press. The AP said the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported that 43 people in Wisconsin have died as a result of the flu.

The news comes even though the department also says Wisconsin is following the national trend with a decline in overall cases. However, swine flu cases are expected to be seen throughout the flu season and another wave could occur.

Since September, there have been 821 hospitalizations due to swine flu in Wisconsin. Two of the three new deaths were reported in Sheboygan County and the third was in West Allis.