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Clooney better after malaria caught in Africa

While on a mission to Africa this month to spotlight a historic referendum on Christian southern Sudan's secession from the Islamic north, and to help install equipment to detect voter fraud, film star and humanitarian George Clooney contracted malaria.

He has since recovered, his spokesman said in a statement Thursday, adding, "This was his second bout with it. This illustrates how with proper medication, the most lethal condition in Africa can be reduced to a bad 10 days instead of a death sentence."

Malaria, spread by infected mosquitoes, annually kills an estimated 1 million people, mainly young children in Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The news about Clooney broke Thursday, in advance of his appearance Friday evening on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." Morgan, who taped an interview with the Academy Award-winner Jan. 13, tweeted about Clooney's illness, saying the star was "Taking medication but feeling rough."

Morgan shortly afterward updated, "Now have 24,563 offers to nurse him. But his rep says medication's worked and he's OK. Sorry, ladies."

"I guess the mosquito in Juba looked at me and thought I was the bar," Clooney joked in a promotional clip of the interview.

Late Late Thursday, Morgan likewise lightheartedly tweeted that, "George seems to have made a miraculous malaria recovery AFTER our interview. So I'm adding healing to my talent list."

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