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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 01/21/2011

George Clooney isn't the only celeb to battle malaria

By Liz Kelly

George Clooney during a to Southern Sudan in early January. (AP)

We can all heave a sigh of relief knowing that George Clooney is safely over his bout with malaria and will park his healthy bod in a chair tonight opposite new CNN talker Piers Morgan to discuss how he contracted the parasitic disease and his efforts to raise awareness about the situation in Sudan.

According to a publicist, this was Clooney's second bout with malaria and he says his own experience shows how proper medication can turn "the most lethal condition in Africa" into "a bad 10 days instead of a death sentence."

It turns out Clooney isn't the only celeb to have contracted malaria. After the jump, two fellow bold-namers who shared the dreaded mosquito-borne disease.

Jeremy Piven: Piven apparently contracted malaria while filming 1994's "PCU" (Tagline: "Flunk 'em if they can't take a joke"). Interestingly, the movie was filmed entirely in Canada and Connecticut, proving that a mosquito will travel a long way to deliver infected blood to Jeremy Piven. He does strike me as a bit feverish in this trailer (ditto for David Spade and Jon Favreau):

Piven, it should also be noted, had another health scare when he was diagnosed with mercury poisoning in 2009.


Anderson Cooper. (AP)

Anderson Cooper: CNN's Cooper reportedly picked up malaria on a post-high school African survival trip. He now advocates for Malaria No More, an organization that distributes mosquito nets in Africa.

For more famous brushes with malaria, visit Malariasite.com.

Source: AP

By Liz Kelly  | January 21, 2011; 11:31 AM ET
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And for the Brits/Anglophiles, Cheryl Cole (nee Tweedy): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1292341/Cheryl-Coles-malaria-scare-Holiday-illness-puts-singer-hospital.html

Posted by: mrsdorkusmaximus | January 21, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Brad Pitt pick up malaria at some point as well? I thought I heard that happened on one of his and Angelina's many trips abroad.

In any case. At least things seem to be looking up in the Sudan these days- from what I've heard, the independence vote went very smoothly and Bashir and his associated hooligans seem to be behaving themselves so far. Most excellent.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | January 21, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

But, but.. Didn't Sean Penn catch anything??

Posted by: glenmayne | January 21, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Surely Bono's got something.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | January 21, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I think Bono may have rabies. Based on reports following official photo ops with two close personal connections, he seems to be afraid of water.

Posted by: kbockl | January 21, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many celebrities have STDs.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 21, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I just don't understand why anyone would want to go to Africa or the middle east and risk their lives and for what culture diversities?! How would that help one grow, everything and time we reach out to other countries, we get insulted have the doors slammed in ourt faces...

Posted by: toneme | January 21, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Sas
I wonder how many celebrities have STDs.

The shorter list might be which ones don't.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 21, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Anderson Cooper's eyes are still a national treasure.

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | January 21, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Gotta take those malaria pills, if you're going to travel to Africa.

Posted by: Benson | January 22, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Sure, I am really sleeping soundly because that Hollywood, liberal phony beat Malaria. What a pathetic, pandering article by a silly woman. Get a real job as you are not qualified to voice an opinion on anything. Where did this fool go to school? Undoubtedly some high brow, phony, bastion of liberalism

Posted by: nomobarry | January 22, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Sure, I am really sleeping soundly because that Hollywood, liberal phony beat Malaria. What a pathetic, pandering article by a silly woman. Get a real job as you are not qualified to voice an opinion on anything. Where did this fool go to school? Undoubtedly some high brow, phony, bastion of liberalism

Posted by: nomobarry | January 22, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Piven did not contract malaria in Canada.
Canada has been malaria free for decades.
He got it somewhere else.

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Posted by: trishgellar | January 22, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Many years ago, when I was in school and my dad was stationed in Lagos, I had to start taking malaria pills two weeks before I went there, while I was there and two weeks after I got back.
I never got malaria.
Do celebrities shun medication, and if so, do they think their celebrity immunizes them from the disease?

Posted by: DKB755 | January 22, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Lucky George Clooney. Having been overlooked at 7,842 Hollywood Awards ceremonies, he won a golden mosquito for the Celebrity Malaria Awards ceremony. After depicting wise guys, thieves, murderous people to guide the young people of America, George is finally doing something useful. He got sick, and will show his accountant and the IRS how to make it pay.

Posted by: sailhardy | January 22, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Why is it when someone is doing good, that some of the comments seem so nasty? Thought all that was behind us after the latest violence? Please, explain the need for negativity? Remember what our grandmothers used to say, "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all"!

Posted by: janetal2004gmailcom | January 22, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I can't speak to your experience, DKB, but malaria is not a uniform disease. Many forms of Plasmodium falciparum are now highly drug-resistant, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa- so you can take preventative drugs, but if you're infected by a strain that's resistant to the drug you're on, it's useless.

As for the rest, I'll just say that Mr Clooney is one of those people that make me proud to be a liberal. Haters gonna hate.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | January 22, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

yay Balmer. what you said.

Posted by: agog1 | January 24, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

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