Apple: CEO Steve Jobs has ‘common bug’ and now on the mend with the aid of antibiotics

“In response to a question about his health Tuesday, an Apple spokeswoman said [Apple CEO Steve] Jobs was hit with a ‘common bug’ in recent weeks but he still felt it was important to participate in the Apple conference. The spokeswoman said he’s now on the mend with the aid of antibiotics,” Nick Wingfield blogs for The Wall Street Journal.

“Jobs’s health is occasionally the topic of chatter because he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer four years ago, for which he underwent surgery that Apple said was successful. (Apple didn’t disclose that Jobs had been ill until after he was on the mend.) Mr. Jobs is also widely considered nearly irreplaceable at Apple, where he has been the architect of a dramatic resurgence in the company’s fortunes over the past decade,” Wingfield reports. “Fortunately for Apple, no replacement is needed.”

Full article here.

[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MacVicta” for the heads up.]

Excellent news! Get well soon, Mr. Jobs!


  1. Yeah, but it’s all that weight loss. That’s the thing. Do you know how many weeks it takes to loose even 10 pounds by drastically reducing your caloric intake? You don’t lose 10 pounds in 10 days if you stay hydrated. How many pounds do you think he is down? 15? 20?

    How many weeks has he been sick with this so-described “common bug” that has brought on such uncommon weight loss?

    BTW, cancer patients can lose weight due to treatment if only because chemo kills your appetite — and even your taste for food — for several days after a treatment. I’ve known two people who’ve undergone chemo. I think they each had a treatment every two weeks. Each one was “down” the following 4-5 days after treatment and was “up” again the next week thereafter — till it was treatment time again. The one continued to work on the “up” weeks, so it is possible, and if you’re a workhorse like Jobs, I bet he would have engineers bring him prototypes to his hospital bed so he could sign off on them personally.

  2. Everyone occasionally will have a bad photo taken, whether under bad lighting condition, unfavorable angle, whatever reason. One should look at many other pictures from the same event to judge that it was nothing to be alarmed. His Steveness does look a little thin because he is a vegetarian, may be he should start eating meat, at lease some chicken or somesome. =P

  3. Four years ago, Apple was silent about Jobs’s health status. Had someone tried back then to charge them for some wrongdoing, their defense would have been probably not considering private health matters relevant to the performance of the company. Depending on the skills of legal teams on both sides, they could have either won or lost.

    This time around, though, it is different. Apple officially made a statement regarding Steve Jobs’s health. That makes it clear that they consider it material and relevant to the company. If this statement were in fact untrue, that would clearly be prosecutable.

    Therefore, all is well, folks. Our favourite CEO exhausted himself sick, what with all the arm-wrestling wireless carriers’, record labels’, movie studios’ CEOs, in addition to overseeing the clandestine development of the best cellphone on the planet, plus best OS, best computing platform and best eco-system. It would exhaust any meat-eater, let alone our vegetarian CEO…

  4. “PS: My friend is living proof that MacroBiotic Diets CURE CANCER. It has to be followed TO THE T. This will cause massive weight lose.(SB loss)

    Yeah, you starve to death.

  5. Leave the man be ill or not he turned up did his job just like u or I would or most of us hats off the him . I not who cares if he is ill more its not our business he is still a person with his own life to live .

  6. Just take a look at the March presentation of SDK and you find that he’s been like this for a few months. It’s just that he sported a bit of a stubble in March that you guys did not see this; here he is clean shaven.

    Chill it boyz & galz

  7. The only thing that makes me dispute Apple’s line on this is the remark about antibiotics.

    Antibiotics have no effect on “common bugs” like colds flu etc. If he needs antibiotics and hasn’t cut himself or anything then they can only be for something fairly severe like a chest infection.

    Skinny old men *do* sometimes die from chest infections.

  8. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine through a tube called the pancreatic duct. These enzymes help digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in food.

    Having had his affected, it’s pretty common that he has had severe weight loss. My brother used to be pretty chubby before he suffered from a pancreatic illness, now he is skin and bones, yet he is overall healthy.

    This weight loss is not necessarily cancer but more probably the cause of Mr. Jobs having part of his pancreas removed.

    My brother also is diabetic now. The pancreas also releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These hormones help the body use the glucose it takes from food for energy. It would not be a stretch if Mr. Jobs was also a diabetic. But I am speculating.

  9. A nasty bug is sure going around here. Got it a week and a 1/2 ago and still have laryngitis. Fever, sore throat, stuffed sinuses, the works. Near Portland Oregon. Lots of folks out sick with it. And if you travel a lot you’re exposed to a lot more germs and your immune system isn’t at its best. Stress doesn’t help either.

  10. @Jeremy:

    A viral infection can easily be followed by a bacterial infection. You are correct if by common bug you are referring to viruses, but you are incorrect in thinking that a virus can not lead to a bacterial infection.

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