George Clooney is doing just fine after contracting malaria during an early-January trip to Sudan. He opened up about having the disease during an interview on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.” The full interview is set to air on Friday (January 21).
“George is completely over the malaria he contracted while in Sudan during the first week in January,” Clooney’s rep told People.com. “This was his second bout with it.”
The actor and activist used his bout with malaria to draw attention to needless suffering in Africa. “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,” he said, according to E! News.
“Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website explains. “People with malaria often experience fever, chills and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die.”
While the disease is serious if left untreated, Clooney kept the mood light when discussing his own bout with the disease. “Well, you know, even with malaria, it’s just been fun,” he told Morgan about what it’s like to be George Clooney. “I guess the mosquito in Juba looked at me and thought I was the bar.”
Earlier this month, Clooney teamed up with MTV , the Satellite Sentinel Project and other organizations to ask young people to help prevent an outbreak of civil war in Sudan by sending the message that “the world is watching.” “Frankly, our team of policy wonks and super nerds could use an injection of MTV style,” the actor joked in signature Clooney fashion about the project.