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Last Updated: Tuesday July 06 2010 16:20 GMT

Ricky finds out more about malaria

Cheryl Cole is being treated by doctors for a tropical disease called malaria.

It's thought that Cheryl caught malaria during a recent trip to Africa.

Malaria can be deadly, but if it is treated early with the right medicine people who get it are usually OK.

Ricky chatted to Ben Major from CBBC's Serious adventure programmes, who has recovered from malaria, to find out more about the disease.