91-Year-Old Sen. Byrd Treated for Staph Infection

June 1, 2009 - 4:41 PM
The office of Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, the Senate's longest-serving member, has developed a serious infection and is being treated in the hospital with antibiotics.
Washington (AP) - The office of Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, the Senate's longest-serving member, has developed a serious infection and is being treated in the hospital with antibiotics.
 
Byrd's office described the staph infection as minor and said he's responding well to treatment. But it has been enough to delay his release from a Washington-area hospital, where he has remained for treatment of an earlier infection for more than two weeks.
 
Staph infections differ in severity depending on the site of infection, but are more of a threat to people with weakened immune systems and underlying chronic illnesses. Byrd is 91.