Former U.S. president Bush's fever worsens: report

Former U.S. president Bush
# 27 December 2012 01:41 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A "stubborn" fever that kept former U.S. president George H.W. Bush in a Houston hospital over Christmas has gotten worse, U.S. media reported Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"It's an elevated fever, so it's actually gone up in the last day or two," Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath was quoted by newspaper The Houston Chronicle as saying. "It's a stubborn fever that won't go away," he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, McGrath said that the fever of Bush, who had been hospitalized in the hospital for about a month with bronchitis, had gone away.

Doctors at Methodist Hospital in Houston, where Bush was treated, have run tests and are treating the fever with Tylenol, but they still haven't nailed down a cause, McGrath said.

Doctors also have put Bush on a liquid diet, according to McGrath.

McGrath said earlier Wednesday that doctors were cautious because Bush is already 88 years old and "sometimes issues crop up that are beyond anybody's ability to discern or foretell."

Bush was initially hospitalized on Nov. 23 with bronchitis, and has remained there with what his spokesman described as a " lingering cough."

His office originally expected a release in late November or early December.