Mayor Thomas Menino was hospitalized at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Friday after being diagnosed with a virus, city officials said.
Menino returned from a vacation in Italy two days early after being struck with the virus, according to a statement from the Mayor’s Press Office. It is not certain when he will be released from the hospital, though the statement said his stay is expected to be brief.
This is one of several hospital visits the mayor has made during his term in office. In 2010, Menino contracted a bacterial infection in his elbow after taking a fall when he was in Florence, Italy for a conference.
Menino has sought treatment a number of times for Crohn’s disease, an inflammation of the intestines and for knee operations.
Amid the impending hurricane, Menino has worked on handling the city’s preparation plans to prepare for the hurricane.
“We have been monitoring the progression of Hurricane Sandy closely and while her potential impact is still uncertain, city departments have plans in place to respond as needed to the potential damage and effects of this storm,” Menino said in a press release issued on Friday.
Menino announced on Sunday the closing of Boston Public Schools for Oct. 29 as part of safety preparations for the impending weather conditions, according to a press release.
“After assessing the most updated report from the National Weather Service, and out of concern for the safety of Boston residents, Boston Public Schools will be closed Monday and only essential personnel will report to City Hall,” Menino said in the press release.
Menino is expected to make decisions and be involved in talks about the hurricane during his stay in the hospital, according to the mayor’s press office.