Malaria in Singers and Actors

A  posting in ProMED mentions the recent bout of malaria suffered by singer Cheryl Cole.  Malaria is included among the medical conditions of only 145 /19,465 famous patients reviewed by VIPatients.*  The disease accounted for only 50 of 17,398 fatal conditions in this population.  Seven popular musicians and actors are known to have suffered from malaria: Michael Caine, George Clooney, Al Jolson, Audie Murphy, Cheryl Cole, Errol Flynn and Juma Santos.  Santos died of the disease in 2007.

* VIPatients, an interactive IPhone / Android application maintained by Dr. Berger, follows the diseases and deaths of all famous persons throughout history