Former US President Bill Clinton Hositalized for non-COVID Related Infection

A spokesperson for the former president said he is on the mend after two days of antibiotic treatment

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Former US President Bill Clinton was in a California hospital on Thursday with an infection and responding well to two days of treatment, his doctors said.

Clinton, 75, was admitted on Tuesday evening to the UCI Medical Center in Irvine "for a non-COVID-19 infection," Clinton spokesperson Angel Urena. "He is on the mend, in good spirits, and incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care."

The former president went to the hospital after feeling fatigued and was diagnosed with sepsis, an infection of the bloodstream, which doctors believe started as a urinary tract infection, CNN reported, citing his doctors.

Clinton's physicians, Alpesh Amin and Lisa Bardack, said in a statement that he was "admitted to the hospital for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids."

"He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring," they said. "After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down, and he is responding to antibiotics well." They added: "We hope to have him go home soon."

Clinton, a Democrat who was president from 1993-2001, has had past health issues, including a 2004 quadruple bypass surgery and a 2010 procedure to open a blocked artery in his heart with two stents. CNN reported that Clinton's current hospital stay is not related to his heart issues.

CNN also reported that the former president was in the intensive care unit, primarily to give him privacy, and he was not on a breathing machine, according to doctors treating the former president at University of California Irvine Medical Center, California.

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