Nelson Mandela treated for lung infection

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Global icon Nelson Mandela is being treated for a lung infection, the Office of South African Presidency confirmed on Tuesday evening.

This is the first time officials have revealed why the 94-year-old former President  was rushed to a military hospital in the capital, Pretoria, on Saturday.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said tests showed a "recurrence of a previous lung infection” following a previous treatment at a Johannesburg hospital for the same ailment a year ago.

Maharaj said Mandela is responding to treatment but It is unclear whether he is suffering from pneumonia or bronchitis – both are common lung infections.

Mandela has been treated in the past for the early stages of tuberculosis, another disease that can damage the lungs.

"President (Jacob) Zuma thanks the public for continuous support to former president Mandela and his family at this time," Maharaj added.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who visited Mandela on Tuesday, said he is "doing well".

The Nobel laureate who has been largely out of public view since his appearance at the 2010 Soccer World Cup, has also received only a handful of visitors like former US President Bill Clinton at his Qunu home this year.  
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12 december 2012 08:24:52

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