Queen Elizabeth Released From Hospital After Stomach Flu

The Slatest
Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
March 4 2013 11:20 AM

Queen Elizabeth Released From Hospital After Stomach Flu

163077965
Queen Elizabeth II leaves King Edward II Hospital after being admitted with symptoms of gastroenteritis at King Edward VII Hospital on March 4, 2013 in London, England.

Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images

Let's take a break from Pope Watch 2013 to look at the latest news from another archaic ruling institution: Queen Elizabeth II was released from a London hospital today after being treated for a stomach infection. The 86-year-old was hospitalized this weekend with a bad case of gastroenteritis. She was supposed to stay two days, but walked out unassisted after one, the Associated Press reports.

Gastroenteritis, colloquially called the "stomach flu," is a nasty infection that's usually the result of a norovirus or food poisoning, according to the National Institutes of Health's U.S. National Library of Medicine. It's spread through contact with contaminated food, water, or people. Symptoms include "diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, headache, fever and chills," and the infection can lead to dehydration, especially in the elderly and very young. Most people recover quickly, with no treatment.

Advertisement

The queen, known for her strong health and Cal Ripken-like streak of attendance at official functions, was last hospitalized overnight a decade ago, for surgery on her right knee, according to the Telegraph. She canceled her engagements for this week while she recovers.

Abby Ohlheiser is a Slate contributor.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Technocracy

Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

One of Putin’s Favorite Oligarchs Wants to Start an Orthodox Christian Fox News

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

Trending News Channel
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 20 2014 8:14 PM You Should Be Optimistic About Ebola Don’t panic. Here are all the signs that the U.S. is containing the disease.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 20 2014 7:23 PM Chipotle’s Magical Burrito Empire Keeps Growing, Might Be Slowing
  Life
Outward
Oct. 20 2014 3:16 PM The Catholic Church Is Changing, and Celibate Gays Are Leading the Way
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don't Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 9:13 PM The Smart, Talented, and Utterly Hilarious Leslie Jones Is SNL’s Newest Cast Member
  Technology
Technocracy
Oct. 20 2014 11:36 PM Forget Oculus Rift This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual-reality experience.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AM Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.