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Wausau police chief returns to work after serious illness

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Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel is back in the office after being hospitalized for a serious illness.

"I had shingles that settled in the spinal column and it resulted in meningitis and encephalitis.  It  caused inflammation in the brain and extreme pain. I felt like my head was going to explode," said Hardel.

Hardel, who spent time in the hospital, has returned to work and plans to put in four or five hours a day this week.

"It felt so overwhelming and it was wonderful to have the support of my family, co-workers and the community," said Hardel on his recovery.

He says he still suffers from fatigue but he feels stronger every day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about shingles. You can click here to find out more: www.cdc.gov/shingles

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