July 13, 2005
Not the best advert for the Ethiopian tourism industry. Brad Pitt comes to town for a couple of days to help his "close friend" Angelina Jolie pick out a baby to adopt, and he catches viral meningitis.
Here's the story on CNN:
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Film star Brad Pitt was released on Wednesday from a Los Angeles hospital where he had been admitted for a flu-like illness that turned out to be viral meningitis, his spokeswoman has said. Pitt, 41, was at home on Wednesday afternoon after his discharge and was "doing well," his publicist said in a statement...Pitt, who split up with his wife, actress Jennifer Aniston, earlier this year, traveled to Ethiopia last week with actress Angelina Jolie, his co-star in the movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"...
Just to put things into context, we've been here almost a year and never caught anything as serious as that. All I've personally suffered from during that time is giardia (with all its comedy side-effects including sulphurous eggy burps), food poisoning (from a certain buffet at a certain hotel) and a little breathlessness in the early days (it is so high here that water boils at 92 degrees centigrade).
There are also the rainy season blues which set in about now as Addis Ababa does an amazing impression of London in September, with extra rain.
UPDATE: And if you thought Brad was bad ...
KUCHING: Miss Ethiopia Dina Fekadu Mosissa was put under a four-day quarantine after she failed to produce a yellow-fever card on arrival at the KL International Airport yesterday. The 21-year-old beauty will miss the Miss Tourism pageant's preview dinner show here tonight.
Posted by aheavens at July 13, 2005 6:02 AM