U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered a minor concussion after fainting while alone in her home in Washington, D.C. last week.
After contracting a stomach virus on a trip to Europe, the former First Lady became dehydrated and struck her head upon falling down. The concussion was diagnosed last Thursday (Dec. 13), CNN reports.
The incident will keep Clinton working from home while being monitored by her doctors. The Secretary of State has also forgone to testify before Congress this week regarding the September attack on the American diplomatic outpost consulate that killed two Navy Seals and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Two deputy secretaries of state will testify in Clinton's place.
"At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials," said Phillipe Reines, deputy assistant secretary of state. "She is looking forward to being back in the office soon."
Clinton remains in the public's discussion as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, and plans to step down as Secretary of State in 2013.