Sen. Byrd to Remain in Hospitial With 'Mild' Infection

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, 90, will remain hospitalized for several more days for treatment of a mild infection, his office said Tuesday.

Jesse Jacobs, Byrd's spokesman, said Byrd "is alert, talking with staff and in good spirits and looks forward to getting back to work as soon as possible."

Byrd, D-W.Va., the longest-serving U.S. senator, was hospitalized Monday after feeling lethargic while at work. He went home after a 5:30 p.m. Senate vote, was discovered to have a fever, and taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital for observation.

Jacobs said Byrd's doctors recommended that he stay in the hospital "for several more days for monitoring and antibiotic treatment for a mild infection."

On March 5, Byrd was hospitalized for tests after a reaction to antibiotics. A week earlier he was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after a fall at home.

Byrd has become significantly more frail, sometimes letting loose in emotional outbursts since Erma, his wife of almost 69 years, died two years ago. Earlier this year, rumors swirled that fellow Democrats thought Byrd was too feeble to remain at the helm of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Byrd struck back against the whisper campaign with a strong performance at a hearing in April.