Health set­backs:

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ramit Plushnick-masti

Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, 88, is trans­ferred to the in­ten­sive care unit at Methodist Hospi­tal in Hous­ton. Doc­tors are treat­ing him to com­bat a per­sis­tent fever.

Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush has been ad­mit­ted to the in­ten­sive care unit at a Hous­ton hospi­tal “fol­low­ing a se­ries of set- backs in­clud­ing a per­sis­tent fever,” but he is alert and talk­ing to med­i­cal staff, his spokesman said Wed­nes­day.

Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman in Hous­ton, said Bush was ad­mit­ted to the ICU at Methodist Hos- pital on Sun­day.

He said doc­tors are cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about his treat­ment and that the ex-pres­i­dent “re­mains in guarded con­di­tion.”

Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, McGrath said a fever that kept Bush in the hospi­tal over Christ­mas had got­ten worse and that doc­tors had put him on a liq­uids-only diet.

“It’s an el­e­vated fever, so it’s ac­tu­ally gone up in the last day or two,” McGrath said ear­lier in the day.

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