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Malaria-stricken Cheryl Cole 'to take nurse to 'X Factor'

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Published: Monday, July 26, 2010, 14:07 [IST]

London (ANI): Singer Cheryl Cole will have a specialist malaria nurse on hand when she goes back to work, it has emerged. The 'X Factor' judge is still recuperating after being struck down with malaria. And she has apparently hired the nurse to be on hand for at least a year.

The Girls Aloud beauty is desperate to return to the hit ITV1 show in time to pick her finalists for the 'judges' homes' stage of the competition. She is also due to take up a similar role on the US version of the show next year. And with a tour with Girls Aloud expected next year, there's no way she's going to risk her health.

So she's is said to have organized for the medic to accompany her wherever she goes. "Cheryl knows she must have someone on hand at all times in case she is struck down by malaria again," the Daily Star quoted a source close to the star as saying. "Once you've contracted the tropical disease it lives on in your red blood cells and it's not uncommon for it to return."

“Cheryl is fully aware of this and is determined that once she is fighting fit she will take all the precautions she needs. Having a nurse to watch over her 24-7 will ensure that if anything should happen she'll be aware of it immediately. She can't wait to get back to work but she realizes that she has to be sensible. There's talk of a Girls Aloud tour next year and the nurse will be like an extra member of the band," the source added.

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