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. Vince

    George Clooney is the definition of a human being, and a wonderful man. Take notes.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...even the lady mosquitos love him!

      January 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dislike all pretend persons

    What else did this pretend person take back from Sudan

    January 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I guess you are the pretend judge of the pretend people? I imagine pretend people don't much like you either.

      January 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nick nicoletti

    Names of those arressted in Mafia crack down.


    January 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nick nicoletti

    Names of men caught in Mafia crackdown, that's my comment.


    January 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Shouldda dudda, but he didn't !

      January 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      So sorri...did not mean to text here...

      January 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DP

    Get your doxycycline on, George.

    January 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Shouldda dudda, but he didn’t !

      January 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JR

    I heard he actually has VD he got doing social work at the Bunny Ranch in Vegas.

    January 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff lebowski

    i caught malaria from clooney's last movie

    January 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |

    I had Malaria for at least 20times...So what is the big deal.

    January 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Red Yankee

    Ok he got malaria....

    January 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phoney

    Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, his mother is rolling in her grave!!!!

    January 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. S Photo

    Sucks he got malaria, but I don't find that portion of the story to be the headline-worthy part of the article.

    January 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ellis

    George is a cuir

    January 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ellis

    He got malaria because he was kissing a man and they slept together according to apnews

    January 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DK

    And Oblamer won a Nobel Prize and he's a moron too, winning an Oscar don't make you a good actor. Go away you hollywood hypocrites, your movies suck and so do your causes.

    January 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ellis

    Clooneys mother was a well known and expensive whor

    January 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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