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Sen. Robert Byrd, 90, remains in hospital

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  • West Virginia Democrat lethargic when he arrived at Senate, spokesman says
  • Byrd's caregiver discovered that the senator had a fever, spokesman says
  • The senator is expected to remain in hospital overnight
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(CNN) -- Sen. Robert Byrd was hospitalized Monday night, a spokesman said.

Sen. Robert Byrd is expected to remain hospitalized overnight.

The 90-year-old Democrat from West Virginia appeared lethargic when he arrived at his Senate office Monday afternoon in preparation for a vote on global warming, the spokesman said.

After the vote, he returned home, where his caregiver noticed the same symptoms, took his temperature and discovered he had a fever, the spokesman said.

Upon the recommendation of his doctor, who was reached by telephone, Byrd was taken to a hospital, where he was expected to remain overnight for observation, the spokesman said.

Byrd, the Senate's longest-serving member and third in line to the presidency, was admitted in February to Washington's Walter Reed Army Medical Center for observation after a fall at his home.

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