Singer Cheryl Cole has come out of the intensive care ward where she was being treated for Malaria and has been moved to a private clinic. Despite taking Malaria tablets, the X-Factor judge, 27, caught malaria last month while on a trip to Tanzania - home to one of the most dangerous strains of malaria. She was reported to have collapsed with suspected gastroenteritis during a photoshoot for her album last Saturday afternoon, when she was first diagnosed with exhaustion. But the next day, she was rushed to University College London Hospital, home to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases."Cheryl Cole today came out of intensive care and has left UCLH,” her aides said in a statement on Friday evening. "She has now been transferred to a private clinic where she will remain for her recovery."
The curable disease kills more than a million people a year. It is carried by mosquitoes and found in 90 countries across the world, according to figures from the BBC. One in 10 people catch it, mostly people who live in Africa, India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Colombia and the Solomon Islands.
In sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 90 per cent of Malaria deaths, it is the main cause of death and a major threat to children. Globally, a child dies of malaria every 30 seconds. Pregnant women are also more vulnerable to the disease. The most serious forms of the disease can affect the kidneys and brain and can cause anaemia, coma and death.
And the disease is on the rise. After years trying to bring it under control, the number of people dying from malaria is now higher than it was 30 years ago and it has spread to new countries such as eastern European countries, Russia and Turkey. Some of the driving factors behind its growth are people becoming resistant to the drugs used to treat it and also mosquitoes starting to develop resistance to insecticides. Political and social turmoil, which force large numbers of people to move to new places, help it spread.Bednets coated in insecticide have also reduced the incidence of the disease by up to 35%, according to the World Health Organisation.
Just last year, Cheryl Cole climbed Mount Kilimanjaro along with other celebrities, to raise millions of pounds for the charity Comic Relief, to buy bed nets for families in Africa, in a bid to help protect against malaria.
"Cheryl did an amazing thing climbing Kilimanjaro last year and raising millions to buy bed nets for thousands of families and children in Africa,” said Comic Relief boss, Kevin Cahill. He added: "She's done more than her bit to tackle this disease and it seems deeply unfair that she is now suffering."