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. Erin

    Only George Clooney would find a way to be lighthearted about malaria. Good for him for going there and trying to make a difference. Those people need it.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • phoney

      Could not happen to a nicer guy!!!!!

      January 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      He was doing so good lately too. That's a shame. I just avoid traveling to certain parts of the world because of these things.. just to be on the safe side. Oh well.

      January 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Captain Crunch

    They are making such a huge deal about this, I mean, I ived in Africa for many years as a young boy as my parenst rked out their and I contracted Malaria a few times. Its not a big deal "PROVIDED" you have access to good DR. I was treated each time and its was fine. The only problem is that many people in Africa are poor and dont have the money to go to a Dr when they get sick and thats when this is extremely dangerous as unlike in the case of FLU this does not go away it gets worse by the hrs and you end up dead !

    January 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAT

      Looks to me like they just reported what happened. Where do you see something that could be described as "making such a huge deal"?

      January 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billish

      Actually, dude...they made too LITTLE a deal about this. Drug-resistant strains of malaria are growing at a geometric rate, and the quinine-derived drugs are starting to fail at containing it. Not sure when you lived in Africa, but clearly you haven't been following the news for the past ten years. It's just this reason that the Gates Foundation, among others, has decided to make anti-malaria drugs and prevention campaigns a major focus. It's similar to the situation we have with antibiotic-resistant bacteria threatening the planet.

      Read up, my up....

      January 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • urban h

      Malaria is "no big deal?" You had it twice "out their (sic)" and it was fine? BS. And please don't start with "I mean" in your responses.

      January 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. obviously

    Sarah Palin's fault.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Like Palin knows what malaria is. She probably thinks it's a nice name for a girl.

      January 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      LoL, that is so-ooooo funny!

      January 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kyle


    January 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eric Ahlzadeh

    Should have taken his Malaria Medicine. Duh

    January 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barb

    Oh well, too bad, shoulda stayed in America. There are plenty of charitable organizations that you could have used as a tax shelter !!!

    January 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      He spends most of his time in Italy.

      January 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Home first

    Why doesn't he work on fair elections in his home country before worrying about others?

    January 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • MostlyAmused

      Maybe because when anyone from Hollywood (outside of Ronald Reagan or Sonny Bono) tries to become political, the Fox-hounds attack them for being "liberal", "crazy" and whatever other negative things they can think of...

      I am sure he would like to help out here, but the Republicans have too many people convinced no one needs the help. O_o

      January 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the_dude

    Clooney you should put this same kind of passion into your acting because it sucks the big one.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Yeah, it's so bad he won an Oscar for it.

      January 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rob Hannigan

    Thats to bad he'll be find though.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brian

    Captain Crunch,

    As someone who's done research in malaria with accomplished Malariologists and has learned the ins and outs about the disease from a Nobel Prize-winning malariologist, I have to say that your experience is not typical. As you can see from this table provided by the UN:, as recently as 2000, up to one in 50 deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa was due to malaria. And not to mention that there are multiple types of malaria you could contract. P. falciparum alone is responsible for the majority of malaria mortalities, and that's just the most common form. Cerebral malaria, which is also contracted from P. falciparum, will kill most of its victims before they even have a chance. To native Africans who have spotty access to antimalarial drugs at best, malaria is a death knell. To tourists who begin an antimalarial regimen weeks before departing for Africa, malaria is not "a huge deal," as you explained.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bailoutsos

    "a semicovert satellite photography project" -- Covert? He//, it was all over the internet.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sees All Evil

    You would have to hope for charity since we dont have a universal healthcare system and if the republinazis have thier way

    January 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • MostlyAmused

      Sadly, that is pretty accurate.

      January 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |

      Oh waaaa. If you liberals had your way we would work and not get paid. It would all go to the government and they would take care of us. Sound familiar? Just remember USSR.

      January 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      There goes that one-eye eyeball guy again...

      January 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    I've had malaria four different times – twice combined with dengue fever. For a healthy person under 50 or 60 and over 3 or 4, it's usually not that big of a deal and the recovery is close to perfect. But the key there is health and especially nutrition, things which are generally lacking in areas of the world where malaria is a big problem. But the same can be said of any disease combined with malnutrition; even a common cold can become a big problem for someone who is starving. So yeah, for someone who gets three squares a day and regular doctor visits, getting malaria is not a big deal. For someone living on millet and whatever scraps they can find, along with drinking dirty water that's probably also tainted with dysentery, then getting any disease, especially one that has such extreme fevers as malaria, the outlook isn't nearly so positive.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Somratni

    So what??? I caught malaria in India 9 years ago. This is NOT news.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony Bickert

      true, somratni, it is not news if YOU catch malaria. But then this story is not about you, is it.

      January 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Somratni

      No Tony, this is not about me. But this is still not news. So he caught malartia. BFD!

      January 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. eagleville

    would be useful to have a discussion about the need for anti-malaria medication – Did Clooney take medication? Malaria is a killer and many travelers fail to take proper medication or appreciate how deadly malaria can be. All travelers who visit areas with malaria should consult with a physician expert in Travel Medicine.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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