Brazilian president Bolsonaro has pneumonia, hospital says

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro arrives to gives a statement at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, January 25, 2019. Isac Nobrega/Presidency Brazil/Handout via Reuters

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has pneumonia, the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo said in a statement on Thursday.

Bolsonaro recently had a follow-up operation to remove a colostomy bag that was put in place after he was stabbed while campaigning ahead of Brazil’s election last year.

The far-right leader had a fever on Wednesday evening and doctors have adjusted his antibiotics dose, the hospital added.

Presidential spokesman Otavio Rego Barros said the president was in semi-intensive care. He said Bolsonaro had a 38 degree Celsius (100.4°F) fever on Wednesday and bacterial pneumonia.

Reporting by Tatiana Bautzer, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien and James Dalgleish

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