Mandela responding well to treatment for lung infection
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela has been suffering from a lung infection but is responding to treatment, the government said on Tuesday, as the ageing statesman faced a fourth night in hospital.
"Doctors have concluded the tests, and these have revealed a recurrence of a previous lung infection, for which Madiba is receiving appropriate treatment, and he is responding to the treatment," said a statement from President Jacob Zuma's office.
While Mr Mandela is said to be doing well, medical experts have warned that for a 94-year-old, any hint of an infection could be serious. "Lung infections tend to be more serious in the elderly," said Stephen Spiro, a London-based specialist for respiratory infections.
"These are the same infections that very often young people get, but as you get old you get frailer, you get less mobile, it's harder to clear the secretions of your chest... so we worry much more about chest infections in older people," he said.