Hospital officials in Israel say the condition of comatose former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has deteriorated further.

A statement issued Monday from the Tel Aviv hospital where Mr. Sharon is being treated says the former prime minister has a new chest infection and his urine output has decreased significantly.

The 78-year-old Mr. Sharon has been unconscious since early January when he suffered a massive stroke.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.