Man who thought he had World Cup fever actually has malaria

A MAN who diagnosed himself as having ‘World Cup fever’ has actually got malaria, his doctors have confirmed.

Tom Booker of Swindon had been telling friends that he was just so hyped for the start of the World Cup that he had started to get quite severe chills and shakes.

Booker, who has just returned from a holiday in Goa, said: “When I started feeling awful I just thought, ‘Here comes the World Cup Fever.’”

“It seemed obvious that the exciting prospect of non-stop football on the TV featuring the best players in the world was making me hallucinate. And when I then got headaches and abdominal pain I just thought, ‘more bloody World Cup fever.’

“Then I passed out during the Germany Mexico game and they rushed me to hospital and the doctor said, ‘You’ve got malaria and World Cup Fever isn’t an actual condition’, well, you can imagine how surprised I was.”

“I literally shat myself with surprise. Although on reflection that may also have been the malaria.”