UPDATED: Feb. 12, 2014 8:14 a.m.
ORIGINAL: Feb. 11, 2014 11:22 p.m.

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — D.C. Councilmember and former mayor Marion Barry says his is feeling better after being hospitalized for the second time in less than a month, Tuesday night.

WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves says Barry was briefly placed in an Intensive Care Unit at the Washington Hospital Center Tuesday, but was later moved to a private room.

Barry was visited by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Tuesday night, missing a mayoral candidate debate in Ward 3, Segraves reports.

The elderly politician insists that there is no cause for concern.

“I was not rushed to the hospital. I am not seriously ill. I have a urinary tract infection. I will be back,” Barry posted on Twitter Tuesday night.

Barry, 77, said he was feeling better Wednesday morning and that immunosuppressant medication he takes as a result of a kidney transplant was to blame for the infection.

The grateful “mayor for life” thanked the woman who donated her kidney to him and announced plans to hold a kidney drive at Howard University Hospital on February 22.

He spent 16 days in the hospital last month for an undisclosed illness.

The former four-term mayor has suffered from a variety of ailments, including prostate cancer and diabetes. He underwent a kidney transplant in 2009.

Barry represents the poorest of the District of Columbia’s wards on the council. He was elected to a third consecutive term in 2012.

WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow Mark and WNEW on Twitter.

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