updated 2/22/2005 12:11:21 PM ET 2005-02-22T17:11:21

The Rev. Jerry Falwell has checked into a hospital for treatment of a viral infection.

Falwell, 71, was taken Sunday to Lynchburg General Hospital after falling ill at a church service. He had battled a severe cold last week and saw a doctor Friday.

“It’s not considered dangerous,” said Falwell, a television evangelist and chancellor of Liberty University in Lynchburg. “It is just troublesome. I am going to be here a few days.”

Falwell said doctors planned to keep him at the hospital “until my lungs clear.”

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