Venezuela: Chavez is responding to treatment

Posted: 01/13/13 at 8:45 pm EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's government says President Hugo Chavez is conscious and responding to treatment for a respiratory infection at a Cuban hospital.

Information Minister Ernesto Villegas says the infection has been controlled, but Chavez is still suffering from respiratory deficiency.

Chavez has been fighting the infection after undergoing a fourth round of surgery Dec. 11 for a cancer in the pelvic area.

Villegas spoke about the president's condition during a televised address Sunday.

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