George H.W. Bush still hospitalized.
Fever Keeps George H.W. Bush Hospitalized
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Dec. 26 2012 4:08 PM

Fever Keeps George H.W. Bush Hospitalized

The Associated Press with the latest on George H.W. Bush's condition:

A "stubborn" fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in a hospital over Christmas has gotten worse, and doctors have put him on a liquids-only diet, his spokesman said Wednesday. Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman in Houston, had said earlier in the day that the fever had gone away, but he later corrected himself. ...
Doctors at Methodist Hospital in Houston 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, though McGrath could not say why.

The former president checked in to the hospital back at the end of November with what was described as bronchitis, and has been in and out of the hospital since. The good news is the severe cough that he has been battling appears to have mostly subsided, according to McGrath. The bad news is that it's too soon to say when the 88-year-old Bush may be allowed to go home.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.