George Clooney Gets, Beats Malaria

He contracted it during a visit to Sudan
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2011 5:02 PM CST
George Clooney, outside a polling station on the first day of voting in the southern Sudanese capital city of Juba on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.   (AP Photo/Pete Muller)

(Newser) – Lots of celebrities do philanthropy, but George Clooney's actually suffering in the line of do-goodery—the actor contracted malaria while on a recent trip to Sudan, People reports. However, he's fully cured after a 10-day convalescence, said a spokesman. Clooney was in Sudan ahead of its vote on southern independence.

"This was his second bout with it," said the spokesman. "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." Clooney will be on Piers Morgan's CNN show tomorrow in a pre-taped interview.

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