Actor George Clooney has confirmed that he had malaria for the 2nd time, and he has beaten the disease. Malaria symptoms range from those resembling the common flu, to more serious symptoms that damage the heart and lungs. How did George Clooney get malaria?
George Clooney says that he contracted malaria while visiting the country of Sudan earlier in January. He was likely bit by an infected mosquito, which is how the disease is commonly spread.
Clooney is using the fact that he beat the disease as an example of how the people of Sudan can be helped. He said, “This illustrates how with proper medication, the most lethal condition in Africa can be reduced to a bad 10 days instead of a death sentence.”
It is estimated that 20 percent of child deaths in Africa are due to malaria, and George Clooney is hoping to help lower that number by raising awareness.
We’re so happy to hear that George has recovered from malaria…and we’re sure that his girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis, was an excellent nurse!