FORMER US president George Bush has been admitted to a hospital intensive care unit "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever", but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said.
Jim McGrath, Mr Bush's spokesman in Houston, said that Mr Bush was admitted to the ICU at Methodist Hospital on Sunday. He said doctors are cautiously optimistic about his treatment and the ex president "remains in guarded condition".
No other details were released about his medical condition, but Mr McGrath said Mr Bush is surrounded by family. Mr Bush has been in hospital since mid-November.