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Former Mayor Ed Koch Hospitalized With Respiratory Infection

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is seen at Gracie Mansion - New York, NY - Jun 17, 2010 - Photo: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Historic House Trust of New York City

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (credit: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Historic House Trust of New York City)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch has been hospitalized with a respiratory infection, his spokesman announced Tuesday afternoon.

Koch, who turns 88 on Dec. 12, was “admitted this afternoon to New York-Presbyterian Hospital with a respiratory infection. The infection is being treated with antibiotics,” spokesman George Arzt said in a brief release.

Arzt said he was having lunch with the mayor on Tuesday when Koch said he didn’t feel well and planned to call a doctor.

This is the second hospitalization for the former mayor in three months. Koch was at New York-Presbyterian for a few days in September where he was treated for anemia. During his hospital stay, Koch received a blood transfusion.

The three-term mayor has had previous health issues, including a stroke, a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery.

Koch served as mayor from 1978 to 1989.

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