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Byrd released from hospital

From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell

A statement from his office:

Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., was released from the hospital early this afternoon following a brief 48-hour stay to monitor and treat a spike in his white-blood cell count, a symptom that is usually an early sign of an infection. Byrd was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, following a precautionary trip to the hospital after he fell at his home. While being examined, doctors found an increase in Byrd's white-blood cell count and then admitted the West Virginia Senator to the hospital for antibiotic treatment and observation.

Byrd will continue his antibiotic treatment at his home and convalesce over the coming days. Byrd indicated that he "is looking forward to engaging in the upcoming debate and votes on health care reform - one of the most critical issues facing this Congress."