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Zac Efron updates concerned fans following near death experience in Papua New Guinea


Zac Efron has spoken out to update fans following reports he was struck by illness while filming in Papau New Guinea.

It was revealed that the Baywatch actor, 32, had been rushed to a Brisbane hospital by plane with a ‘form of typhoid or similar bacterial infection.’

32-year-old Zac has now taken to Instagram to thanks fans for their support.

“Very thankful to everyone who has reached out,” he wrote. “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 holidays with my friends and family. Thanks for all the love and concern, see you in 2020!”

He accompanied his statement with a picture of him smiling alongside locals in Papua New Guinea.

The High School Musical star had been filming his new reality series Killing Zac Efron when he was taken ill before Christmas.

The adventure series was announced in November and while Zac admitted it would be a huge challenge, he wasn’t expecting to take the title so literally.

Speaking ahead of filming, he said: “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.”

Zac Efron was exploring Papua New Guinea when he was taken ill with a deadly virus

The Hollywood actor was been shown around by guide Cyril Tara when illness struck

The show, picked up by streamer Quibi, sees Zac head deep into the jungle to fall ‘off the grid’ for 21 days with nothing but basic gear and a guide partner.

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During filming Zac was seen exploring the island with guide Cyril Tara.

The duo were spotted heading to Kamanibit Village by canoe, before making their way to Pagwi Village.

However, days before Christmas Bad Neighbours star Zac picked up a deadly infection.

He was then flown to Brisbane on a ‘life-or-death flight’ with a medical evacuation team.

Zac was given the all clear by doctors and made it home by Christmas

Zac was admitted to the private St Andrews War Memorial Hospital in Spring Hill ‘in a stable condition’.

There, he received treatment for several days, before being ‘given the all clear’ to fly home to the U.S. on Christmas Eve.

Dr Glenn McKay, Director of Medical Rescue, the organisation that oversaw Efron’s flight, told Australia’s Daily Telegraph he could not discuss patient information, but confirmed they ‘retrieved a US citizen in his 30s from PNG to Brisbane for medical attention in Australia.’





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