Cheryl Cole rushed to hospital with malaria

The star reportedly caught the deadly bug while holidaying with Dancer Derek Hough in Tanzania

Cheryl Cole was rushed to a Surrey hospital last night, after suffering with suspected malaria.

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Despite taking a course of anti-maleria tablets, it’s thought Cheryl contracted the bug during her recent ten-day trip to Tanzania with Dancing With the Stars pal Derek Hough.

The X Factor starlet was first diagnosed with exhaustion and gastroenteritis, after collapsing at a photo shoot on Sunday.

But after being sent home to rest, reports suggest Cheryl’s health deteriorated further, and she was later rushed to a private medical facility.

‘She told doctors she’d had stomach pains since her return from Tanzania. On Sunday evening her condition deteriorated so rapidly she knew it was something serious,’ one insider told the Sun.

‘She’d spent 48 hours in bed trying to sleep off what she thought was a stomach bug. She was extremely weak, sweating and drifting in and out of consciousness.’

A spokesman last night confirmed Cheryl has been diagnosed with the potentially deadly disease, and will be taking time out to rest.

‘Following doctors’ advice, Cheryl Cole will be canceling all work commitments for the next week,’ an official statement read.

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But medical insiders warn it could take even longer for Mrs C to make a full recovery.

‘Doctors are concerned that her immune system is weaker because she’s been working so hard,’ one insider revealed.

‘They believe this may make it harder for her to recover quickly.’

Cheryl’s X Factor bosses are said to have been notified, with Simon Cowell extremely concerned about the star.

‘Simon Cowell has told her the absolute priority must be for her to rest. There is no pressure and no rush,’ one insider told the Daily Mail.

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Get well soon, Cheryl!

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