Malaria epidemic hits Prescott coverage

“Prescott in further tests after malaria is ruled out”, was typical of the headlines this week after deputy PM was taken to hospital.

But just where did the idea start that Two Jags had picked up such an unlikely bug ‒ given the swanky hotels he enjoys staying in? The news of Prezza’s “suspected malaria” was broken by the News of the World.

But, as one rival newspaper hack reveals in an email to me: “It’s all a bit odd because Prescott’s people said from the offset it definitely wasn’t malaria.

“Anyway, it’s not something you get from America and the Caribbean, which is where he’d just been.”

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