George Clooney says he contracted malaria in Sudan
During an interview with Piers Morgan, George Clooney said he contracted malaria in Sudan.
January 20th, 2011
02:57 PM ET

George Clooney says he contracted malaria in Sudan

George Clooney contracted malaria while he was in Sudan during the recent election there, he told Piers Morgan during an interview scheduled to air Friday.

Clooney was in Sudan doing humanitarian work and watching elections on a historic referendum on independence for Southern Sudan.

"The truth of the matter is we are hoping it is one of many tools to continue to apply pressure, at the very least, to gather evidence that could be used at The Hague later if there are - if there are infringements or rules broken ... if anyone crosses across the border north or south," Clooney told Morgan.

It was during this recent work in Sudan that he contracted malaria. Malaria, which is spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes, can cause chills, flu-like symptoms, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice. It kills about 1 million people a year and is mostly limited to developing countries. Malaria has been nearly wiped out in the United States.

"I guess the mosquito in Juba looked at me and thought I was the bar," Clooney quipped.

While discussing the matter in a fairly jovial manner, Clooney said it was the second time he had gotten malaria.

"You don't think President Bashir has - has detached a detail of sickly, vengeful mosquitoes to target you whenever you arrive?" Morgan joked.

"Yeah," Clooney responded. "I think so."

Morgan broke the news in a tweet.

A few minutes later Morgan joked in another tweet abut Clooney's condition.

"Clooney malaria update: now have 24,563 offers to nurse him. But his rep says medication's worked and he's OK. Sorry, ladies," Morgan tweeted.

Piers Morgan's full interview with George Clooney and his father, Nick, will air Friday on CNN at 9 p.m. ET.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Ed Darrell

    Sudan uses all the DDT it wants. DDT doesn't work to eradicate malaria - it only knocks down a mosquito population, temporarily. Mosquitoes always come back stronger.

    DDT kills insect, but not malaria.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. T Kresge

    I have watched every show of Piers Morgan's since the beginning and he consistently interrupts his guests and talks over them . I thought at first he was nervous but as time goes on it is becoming increasingly annoying. Please tell him to do a little more listening and give his guests time to finish their thoughts instead of trying to get HIS point across!

    January 27, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
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