Zac Efron fans were scared on Sunday at the news that the actor had contracted a “life-threatening” virus that may or may not have been typhoid while filming his new show, Killing Zac Efron, in Papua New Guinea.
Efron was airlifted from Papua New Guinea to Brisbane, Australia, where he was treated at a private hospital. While they refrained from sharing any personal details, the Medical Rescue Group reported that they “retrieved a U.S. citizen in his 30s from PNG to Brisbane recently for medical attention in Australia.”
Efron was eventually given the all-clear to travel home to the United States to finish his healing.
Luckily, Efron seems to be on the mend, posting a message on his Instagram that assured followers that he was doing much better.
“Very thankful to everyone who has reached out. I did get sick in Papua New Guinea but I bounced back quick and finished an amazing 3 weeks in P.N.G. I’m home for the holiday with my friends and family. Thanks for all the love and concern, see you in 2020!”
Sounds like he spent some much needed downtime convalescing.
Efron contracted “what is believed to be a typhoid or other bacterial infection,” while filming, putting his life in danger. According to the the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention reports that “the bacteria that causes typhoid fever, a life-threatening illness, can be found in contaminated water and food in Papua New Guinea.”
From the sounds of things, the team behind Killing Zac Efron took the show title a bit too literally. I guess you can’t head into a remote jungle and expect to make it through without a hitch*.
*a life threatening bacterial infection
Killing Zac Efron, which will be coming to the new mobile app streaming service Quibi, sounds like a pretty wild show, sending the Bay Watch star “deep into the jungles of a remote, dangerous island with nothing but basic gear, a guide partner and a will to survive” for three weeks.
“I tend to thrive under extreme circumstances and seek out opportunities that challenge me on every level. I am excited to explore any uncharted territory and discover what unexpected adventure awaits!”