Spokesman: Former US President Bush is 'alert'

Former President George HW Bush is in the intensive care unit of a Texas hospital and is in "guarded condition," according to family spokesman Jim McGrath.

"The President is alert and conversing with medical staff, and is surrounded by family," McGrath said in a statement.

Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit on Sunday, he said.

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George Bush Sr in hospital

The former US president George Bush Sr has been released from intensive care after being admitted to a hospital in Houston, Texas with bronchitis last month.