As first revealed in a Piers Morgan tweet, actor/humanitarian George Clooney recently suffered an attack of Malaria. Morgan learned that George was recovering from a bout of the disease during an interview taping for Morgan’s talk show, as he takes over for Larry King live on CNN.
Clooney contracted malaria while in the Sudan in early January. He was there to observe the elections to determine if the Sudanese wished to split into two separate nations. He was there along with dignitaries as former President Jimmy Carter, and Senator John Kerry. George joked during his interview that he “ must have looked like an open bar” to the mosquito that infected him with the disease.
This is George’s second bout of Malaria, the second leading cause of death in Africa. It is an ugly illness, transmitted by female mosquitoes, causing high fever, shivering, vomiting and extreme joint pain. While easily treated with antimalarial medications, it is a nasty ten-day course that must be endured, even in light cases. This time, George Clooney’s irresistible female appeal proved too much for the female mosquito in question, and worked against him!
Clooney is making a full recovery, with the tender nursing of girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis: bad news for the many women who want to nurse their favorite TV doctor themselves, but the best outcome for the genial, handsome actor. We wish him all the best as he finishes one movie project, ‘The Descendants’, and begins pre-production on ‘The Ides of March’. Cheers, George!!