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President George HW Bush, pictured in 1989 briefing reporters at the White House, has been taken to hospital (AP)

President George HW Bush, pictured in 1989 briefing reporters at the White House, has been taken to hospital (AP)

President George HW Bush, pictured in 1989 briefing reporters at the White House, has been taken to hospital (AP)

Former US president George HW Bush has been taken to a Texas hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath.

Spokesman Jim McGrath said in statement that Mr Bush was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution.

He said that 90-year-old Mr Bush "will be held for observation, again as a precaution".

Mr Bush spent nearly two months in the same hospital and was discharged in January 2013 after treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues.

Mr Bush, who can no longer use his legs, most recently appeared seated in a wheelchair at an event in November at Texas A&M University with his son, former President George W Bush.

In June, the elder Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in Maine.

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