U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized

RBG admitted to hospital with fever and chills, but resting comfortably, says court

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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, February 10, 2020.
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, February 10, 2020.Credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to the hospital early Tuesday morning due to a possible infection, the court confirmed.

The 87-year-old justice is a cancer survivor and has been hospitalized for minor ailments on numerous occasions during her tenure as justice.

She was evaluated at a Washington hospital on Monday night after experiencing fever and chills, and was then admitted to a hospital in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, the Supreme Court said in a statement.

"She underwent an endoscopic procedure at Johns Hopkins this afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August. The Justice is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment," according to the statement.

In May, Ginsburg underwent treatment for a benign gall bladder condition at the same hospital.

The health of the justice, who was appointed by Democratic president Bill Clinton, has become a subject of intense interest in the U.S. because her retirement or death could potentially give Republican President Donald Trump another Supreme Court pick.

Ginsburg is known for her staunchly liberal dissents in a court that has become increasingly conservative. Trump has appointed two justices to the Supreme Court since taking office.

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