Family quiet on health of George HW Bush

Houston: The Bush family is keeping quiet on former US President George HW Bush's health condition.

The 88-year-old has been hospitalized since November 23, first for a bronchitis-related cough and more recently with a lingering fever.

Bush's spokesman and a Texas hospital spokesman did not immediately respond to messages left by The Associated Press this morning.

A spokesman said yesterday that only changes in Bush's condition would prompt updates.

The most recent word came Thursday evening, when Bush released a statement mourning the death of retired Gen Norman Schwarzkopf.

Schwarzkopf led the Bush-assembled international military coalition that in 1991 routed Iraqi forces who invaded Kuwait.