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March 5th, 2013
07:09 AM ET

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's health worsens – Shasta Darlington reports

From CNN Wires:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is fighting a new infection, and his breathing problems have worsened, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said late Monday.

"There is a worsening of the respiratory function, related to the state of his depressed immune system," Villegas said, reading an official statement on state-run VTV.

He reported Chavez is battling a new and "severe" infection, stressing that his overall condition remains "very delicate." Chavez is undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments, he said.

"The president continues to hold fast to Christ and to life, aware of the difficulties he's facing," Villegas said.

This morning on "Early Start," Shasta Darlington reports on the latest in Chavez's condition.

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