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Jordan’s Hussein Says He Was Sick

January 31, 1998

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ In an emotional letter to his brother and heir, King Hussein said Saturday that he has been sick for months, suffering from fatigue, fever and weight loss.

Hussein, 62, said he has been undergoing treatment in the United States and England.

In his letter to Crown Prince Hassan, Hussein said: ``I hope I will be fully recovered.″

The letter was broadcast by the state-run Jordan Television.

He said a bacteria had attacked his lymphatic glands and ``caused high fever every now and then, weight loss and fatigue.″

One of Hussein’s private physicians, Dr. Yousef Qssous, said the king ``is being given the appropriate treatment.... His condition had improved and he is now in fine shape.″

Qssous, a surgeon, declined to provide further details.

He said the bacteria was discovered last October, when physicians had taken samples of Hussein’s lymphatic glands.

Hussein said in his letter that he went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. in November for treatment.

Hussein is on a vacation in Ascot, England.

In 1992, the king underwent surgery to remove cancer from his ureter and left kidney. He has been undergoing checkups since the surgery. Doctors said he is clean of malignancy.

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