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Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela has been suffering from a lung infection but is responding to treatment, the government said Tuesday, bringing some emotional relief to South Africans about the aging statesman's health. 

"Doctors have concluded the tests, and these have revealed a recurrence of a previous lung infection, for which Madiba is receiving appropriate treatment, and he is responding to the treatment,'' said a statement from President Jacob Zuma's office.

During four days of medical tests that have brought only sketchy details about his condition, many South Africans appeared resigned to the fact that the nation's first black president will not be around for ever.

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