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Yes, George Clooney had malaria -- emphasis on 'had'

George Clooney got malaria in Sudan. George Clooney and malaria can be truthfully linked in the same sentence. But shoot, Piers Morgan sure does know how to draw a crowd, firing off a rather tabloid-esque tweet on Thursday: "BREAKING NEWS: George Clooney has contracted malaria following recent trip to Sudan."

Oh, what a difference a verb tense makes.

How about, "George Clooney got malaria in Sudan"? That was the much less dire tweet a couple of hours later. Seems Clooney did pick up malaria on his early January trip to the African nation, but since then has gotten medication and is now fine. And by the way, he's on Piers' new show Friday night!

"George is completely over the malaria," his representative said in a statement, noting that it was the actor's second bout with the disease and adding, "This illustrates how with proper medication, the most lethal condition in Africa, can be reduced to a bad ten days instead of a death sentence."

Clooney had been traveling to Sudan to encourage diplomatic efforts to head off a civil war ahead of the country's recent referendum on whether the country's oil-rich south should secede, breaking off from the predominantly Muslim north. Election return estimates showed very strong support for secession; preliminary results are due Feb. 1, with final results on Feb. 14.

The Morgan-Clooney interview was taped Jan. 13. "Clooney malaria update: now have 24,563 offers to nurse him," Morgan said on Twitter. "But his rep says medication's worked and he's OK. Sorry, ladies."


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Photo: George Clooney poses with officials during the referendum on the independence of South Sudan at a polling station in Juba, Southern Sudan, on Jan. 9, 2011. Voting began that day and lasted until Jan. 15. Credit: Mohamed Messara / EPA

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Good thing for George Obmamacare wasn't in place.

500 death before the ban of DDT from maleria. 500,000 yearly after the ban of DDT. Liberlism will kill you.

George Clooney is exactly the type of person who can't be harmed by the repeal of national health reform by Republicans, because he's so rich that he can afford any level of care that he needs by himself.

That's the Republican way: protect rich people and feed the poor to the wolves.

Actually, it was 4 million deaths/year from malaria at the peak of DDT use; 2 million deaths from malaria annually when DDT was banned for use on cotton in the U.S. (agricultural ban only, by the way, and only in the U.S.). Today, fewer than 900,000 people die from malaria annually. Since WHO was forced to stop using DDT because large agricultural interests overused DDT on crops and bred DDT-resistant and immune mosquitoes in 1965, we have reduced the malaria death toll by 75%, largely without DDT.

Having the facts can save lives. Send a bednet to Africa today (at Nothing But Nets, for example) -- save a kid's life, and really, really p--s off a conservative.

George shouldn't be taking such chances with his health. He doesn't need to jeopradize his own health in order to help others. Be wise my friend, not foolish.


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