Thai royal palace says king still suffering lung infection

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Posted: Sep 13, 2015 11:37 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's royal palace says 87-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej continues to suffer from a lung infection, which they believe was caused by foreign particles such as food, saliva or nasal secretions entering his lungs.

The Sunday night statement on the king's health was the second in a week, suggesting concern about his condition, which as of Saturday included a fever, decreased oxygen in the blood and a higher than normal pulse.

The statement said the king was taking antibiotics and nourishment intravenously, as well as being given oxygen and physical therapy to clear his lungs.

It said a saliva test found bacteria in his lungs, with the diagnosis that inflammation of both lungs was caused by aspiration pneumonitis.

The king has spent much of the past six years in the hospital.