Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced he will take another bout of medical leave from his position at the company.
In a statement sent to Apple staff, Jobs said Apple's board of directors had granted him medical leave of absence. Jobs confirmed he will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company. It is unclear how long he will be on leave and the medical reasons behind his absence.
"My family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy," said Jobs.
The Wall Street Journal reported Apple stock fell around 6% in overseas trading on Monday following the news.
Jobs returned to work in June 2009 after being on six months' medical leave, during which time he had liver transplant surgery.
Jobs had surgery in 2004 for pancreatic cancer, which medical experts have said explains the liver transplant.