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Former president George Bush Sr in intensive care

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Former presidents Bill Clinton,  George W Bush and George Bush.

Former presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush and George Bush. Photo: Reuters

Former US President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, a spokesman says.

Late on Wednesday, Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, said that the former president was admitted to the ICU on Sunday at Methodist Hospital, "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever."

McGrath says Bush is alert and conversing with medical staff, and that doctors are cautiously optimistic about his treatment.

In hospital ... former US President George Bush snr.

In hospital ... former US President George Bush snr. Photo: Getty Images

No other details about his medical condition were provided, but McGrath says Bush is surrounded by family.

Earlier on 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.

A bronchitis-like cough initially brought Bush to the hospital in late November. McGrath says the cough has improved.

AP

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