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01/26/2015 01:29 pm ET Updated Jan 29, 2015

Terry Branstad Collapses During Tour Of DuPont Pioneer Facility

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) collapsed Monday while touring a facility at DuPont Pioneer in Johnson, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.

The Des Moines Register's Donnelle Eller tweeted about the incident Monday:

According to The Washington Post's Robert Costa, an aide said Branstad, who has been suffering from a cold, was taken to Methodist hospital in Des Moines. Branstad was reportedly "conscious and alert" while being taken to the hospital.

Iowa Governor’s Office spokesman Jimmy Centers released the following statement on Branstad's condition:

Gov. Branstad fell ill at an event today at DuPont Pioneer. An ambulance was called and he was transported to Methodist hospital in Des Moines. The governor is conscious and alert and was so during the transport to the hospital. During the transport, paramedics took the governor’s vitals and initial tests indicate that the spell was caused by a seasonal illness. The governor had been suffering from the effects of a cold.

On Monday evening, Dr. Mark Purtle said that he had evaluated Branstad's medical records and believed that he was suffering from a viral illness and dehydration.

“After personally reviewing the governor’s medical records, with his permission, and visiting with him and his attending physicians, we believe the governor has a viral illness with dehydration, " Purtle said in a statement on Monday. "We also conducted a series of tests in which we ruled out other contributing factors, including cardiac issues. The governor is still receiving fluids and is resting comfortably.”

Branstad's office announced that the governor would stay overnight in the hospital for observation "out of an abundance of caution." Branstad's office also announced that all of his public events for Tuesday had been cancelled.

This post has been updated with a comment from Branstad's office and details on the governor's condition.

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