Grim details of Health Minister Greg Hunt’s serious infection are revealed as he recovers in hospital days after getting his Covid vaccine
- Australia’s health minister taken to hospital with suspected infection on Tuesday
- Greg Hunt’s medical condition is not at all related to his recent Covid-19 vaccine
- Comes as Dan Andrews was admitted to hospital after fall on Tuesday morning
- Victorian premier suffered several broken ribs and vertebrae damage in incident
Australia’s health minister is recovering in hospital after getting cellulitis – a bacterial infection discovered in his leg.
Greg Hunt was admitted to hospital on Tuesday just hours after Victorian Premier Dan Andrews was placed in intensive care after a horror fall.
He was kept overnight for observation and was being administered antibiotics and fluid by hospital staff, and is now expected to stay in hospital for several days.
Officials have since confirmed the condition is not related to the Covid-19 vaccine.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be acting health minister while Mr Hunt recovers.
Along with Department of Health secretary Brendan Murphy, Mr Hunt was among the first to receive the AstraZeneca vaccination at a Melbourne clinic on Sunday.
Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt was hospitalised on Tuesday with an infection in his leg
Victorian Premier Dan Andrews was also hospitalised after breaking several ribs and damaging his spine after slipping on wet stairs while getting ready for work on Tuesday
‘Overnight, testing confirmed Minister Hunt’s diagnosis to be Cellulitis, a bacterial infection in his leg,’ a statement from Mr Hunt’s office said on Wednesday morning.
‘The minister is improving and will be discharged in the coming days and expects to be back at work next week.
‘The Prime Minister will be acting Health Minister during his absence.’
He served as the nation’s Federal Health Minister through the coronavirus pandemic, having stepped into the position back in 2017.
WHAT IS CELLULITIS?
Cellulitis is a spreading inflammation of the skin and the tissues directly beneath it.
It is usually caused by a bacterial infection and can become serious if not treated with antibiotics.
The main signs of cellulitis are skin that is red, painful, swollen, tender and warm to touch.
People with severe cellulitis can get fever, blisters, chills, sweating and nausea, and might feel generally unwell. Cellulitis often affects the lower leg, but can occur on any part of the body including the face.
People with cellulitis can quickly become very unwell and a small number of people may develop serious complications.
Mr Hunt is the third Morrison government minister to go on leave in recent weeks, with Attorney-General Christian Porter and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds also on leave at the moment for medical reasons.
Mr Porter said last week he would take a short period of leave to assess his mental health on the advice of his doctor. He has denied accusations of a historical rape allegation when he was a teenager.
Senator Reynolds said on Sunday she was re-assessed recently by her cardiologist for a pre-existing medical condition.
She has also been under heavy criticism for her handling of a rape allegation flagged by former staffer Brittany Higgins in Canberra.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Andrews was also hospitalised after breaking several ribs and damaging his spine after slipping on wet stairs while getting ready for work.
The Victorian Premier’s office initially said the fall on Tuesday morning was ‘concerning’ but the leader had not suffered any head injuries.
His office later confirmed the accident happened in accommodation the Andrews family were staying at in Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne’s CBD, where they had been enjoying the long weekend.
‘A CT scan has revealed several broken ribs and vertebrae damage, and subsequent medical advice has recommended I remain in intensive care for the next few days,’ Mr Andrews said.
James Merlino will serve as Acting Premier in Victoria until Andrews recovers.
Nurses are continuing to work diligently at a number of mobile testing sites in Victoria