NEW YORK – One of the castaways on Survivor: The Amazon, came down with malaria last week. Daniel Lue, 27, a tax accountant from Houston, apparently contracted the disease while taping the show -- despite taking anti-malarial drugs.
Lue was diagnosed with the tropical disease last week after suffering for almost two weeks with flu-like symptoms his mother, Cynthia Lue, told the Houston Chronicle.
Lue began to feel weak early February and his temperature shot up to 105. His doctor said Lue was probably suffering from the flu and he was treated with over-the-counter medication which did nothing to alleviate his symptoms.
Other visits to the doctor did not provide Lue with relief, she said.
Last Wednesday, Lue had a blood test which revealed that he was suffering from malaria, a common mosquito-borne disease in the rain forest where Survivor: Amazon was filmed.
Lue drew the wrath of his Survivor teammates when he kept falling off a balance beam during the game's first immunity challenge.