Sen. Byrd Hospitalized With 'Minor Infection'
91-year-old 'responding well' to antibiotics
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 18, 2009 11:46 AM CDT
In this April 30, 2008, file photo Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Robert Byrd., D-W.Va., bangs the gavel on Capitol Hill in Washington prior to a joint meeting of Congress.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Sen. Robert Byrd, at 91 the Senate's oldest and longest-serving member, has been hospitalized with a temperature spike reportedly caused by a “minor infection,” his office said today. “He is being treated with antibiotics, responding well, and is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days." Byrd headed to the hospital as a “precautionary measure” late Friday, Politico reports.