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Mandela's Visitors Have Doctors Worried

An undated photo of former South African President and anti-Apartheid activist Nelson Mandela.
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Nelson Mandela, shown in 2005.
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Doctors expressed their concern Monday about the number of visitors to former South African President Nelson Mandela's home following his release Friday from the hospital.

"We want to appeal to all that we accord the former President and his family the space to support him in privacy and the dignity which he deserves," said a statement released by Deputy President Kgalema Molanthe.

Mandela is receiving around-the-clock home care following being hospitalized for a repertory infection. Officials have said the 92-year-old was joking with his wife and nurses after his release, and handling the difficulties of old age "with the greatest of grace."

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He's said to be responding to medication and treatment, according to the statement.

Mandela undergoes regular hospital checkups, but his latest visit has stretched into an unusually long stay - about two days.

A dearth of updates since Mandela was admitted Wednesday afternoon had led to speculation and concern about his condition. Journalists have been camped outside the hospital and outside his Johannesburg home. Officials said Friday that Mandela's office has received more than 10,000 messages of support and well wishes, including from President Barack Obama.