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Clinton has ‘no other’ health problem than pneumonia: aide

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WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton is suffering from no health ailments other than pneumonia, and the Democratic presidential nominee is expected to return to the campaign trail as early as mid-week, a senior aide said.

“There’s no other undisclosed condition. The pneumonia is the extent of it,” spokesman Brian Fallon told MSNBC a day after Clinton, 68, fell ill at a 9/11 memorial event in New York and her campaign announced she had been diagnosed with pneumonia.

“I expect that by the middle to the late of the week she’ll be back out there on the campaign trail,” he said.

“If it was up to her, she would be out there today.”

Fallon also said the campaign will release fresh medical records to help “further put to rest any lingering concerns” about the former secretary of state’s health.

Fallon acknowledged that Clinton has kept up a “breakneck pace” in her campaign as she seeks to maintain an edge over her rival, Republican flagbearer Donald Trump.

“Her full intention even after getting that diagnosis on Friday was to press forward,” he said.

Sunday’s episode, in which she is seen on video wobbling and needing help getting into her vehicle, has fuelled fresh speculation and conspiracy theories on the internet, already awash with unsubstantiated rumors that Clinton may have a brain tumor, Parkinson’s or dementia.

A campaign statement said she “felt overheated” so she left for her daughter Chelsea’s apartment.

A few hours later, Clinton walked out of her daughter’s home, smiling and posing for pictures with a young girl before departing for her home in Chappaqua, just northeast of Manhattan.

“I’m feeling great, it’s a beautiful day in New York,” Clinton said.

Fallon said Monday: “In the next few days… we’re going to be releasing that to further put to rest any lingering concerns about what you saw yesterday.”

He added: “As soon as she got into the vehicle, she was alert the whole time.”

The spokesman also noted that Clinton’s doctor, Lisa Bardack, determined that there was no lingering effects from 2012, when a stomach virus and dehydration prompted her to faint, causing what her doctor said was a concussion.

Doctors at the time found a blood clot on the brain, but Clinton later received the all-clear.

“There was nothing here in terms of anything that was caused by what happened in 2012,” Fallon said.

But he admitted: “I think in retrospect we could have handled it better in terms of providing more information more quickly in the 90 minutes we were putting a priority on making sure she was okay.”

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