19 May 2009

Byrd on the Mend

U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., continues to recuperate after his latest hospitalization, brought on late last week by "a temperature spike evidently caused by a minor infection," The Associated Press reports.

The 91-year-old "is being treated with antibiotics, responding well and is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days,'' the office said in a statement.

The article reports as well that "the statement did not say why no word was released for more than 48 hours after the senator was taken to the hospital, nor did it identify the facility where he is being treated."

AP notes that history's longest-serving U.S. senator "has been plagued by health problems in recent years, uses a wheelchair and sometimes appears frail."

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