George Clooney has perhaps learned an important lesson -- malaria makes traveling the globe a lot less fun than it should be.
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Malaria drug: An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of the preventive drug mefloquine.
Sure, it’s noble to go on philanthropic missions around the world, helping those who can’t help themselves, but it’s probably hard to feel noble when shaking from the chills. And Clooney should know. The actor apparently has just recovered from malaria, which he contracted in Africa earlier this month, media reports said Thursday.
CNN’s Piers Morgan on Wednesday night tweeted that Clooney was fighting the illness and posts this clip of the actor talking about his condition. Clooney apparently got the disease for a second time while in southern Sudan during the pivotal election for independence. People magazine ran a statement from a spokesman Thursday saying the actor is completely over the illness.
Malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal disease contracted by a mosquito bite, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. And Clooney's illness highlights the risk that travelers face. Symptoms include high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. So take care -- take preventive drugs such as chloroquine phosphate and mefloquine before you go. Here's more information from the CDC.