Bredesen returns to Nashville from Mayo Clinic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Governor Bredesen returned to Nashville Thursday from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where he had tests for a mysterious illness.

Before he left, first lady Andrea Conte said her husband's first priority is to recover. She called it, "a sudden acute illness."

Bredesen flew there Wednesday, and has been away from his office since August 15th after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Conte said the governor had a full schedule of outpatient appointments in Minnesota. She said she and her husband are frustrated at not having more information to make public.

Doctors in Nashville have said his illness may have resulted from a tick bite. The 62-year-old governor spent four nights in a Nashville hospital last week when he had a fever as high as 103.

Bredesen has not appeared in public or spoken with reporters since August 14th.

The governor's office has declined requests from The Associated Press for an interview or photograph of Bredesen while he's in Minnesota.

Conte did not take any questions from reporters today. There still is no further word on why he's ailing.

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