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Nelson Mandela's spokesman Mac Maharaj said he was being treated in hospital for pneumonia.
Today's statement was the first time that officials said Nelson Mandela is suffering from pneumonia.
South African presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said the former president had fluid on the lung caused by pneumonia, by he was now breathing more easily because the liquid had been "tapped".
Previous statements said he had been suffering from a lung infection.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is comfortable and able to breathe without problems as he continues to repond to treatment after spending a third night in hospital for a lung infection, President Jacob Zuma's office said this morning.
"Madiba is now able to breathe without difficulty. He continues to respond to treatment and is comfortable," the presidency said in a statement.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is spending a third day in hospital where he is being treated for a lung infection.
The latest update from the South African presidency came yesterday in a statement which said he was in good sprits and is making steady progress.
The name or location of the hospital where Mandela is staying was not disclosed, but previously he was treated at Heart Medical Clinic in Pretoria.
The ex-wife of the former South African President Nelson Mandela has thanked the nation for their support "at this difficult time" and said that it is, "very inspiring to have the whole world on our side."
Winnie Mandela said that her former husband was responding well to treatment and was greatly encouraged by a message of support he had received from the American President Barack Obama.
A statement on the website of the South African Presidency gives the following update on Nelson Mandela's recovery:
The office of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has tweeted that Nelson Mandela is "in good spirits".
President Jacob Zuma said Nelson Mandela is "responding very well to the treatment" as he urged the country not to panic.
He told BBC News: "Of course I have been saying to people, you should bear in mind Madiba is no longer that young and if he goes for check-ups every now and again, I don't think people must be alarmed about it. I would like to really say the country must not panic."
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Nelson Mandela is responding "positively" to treatment after he was admitted to hospital with a recurring lung infection.