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Mutombo Has Mild Case of Malaria

October 17, 2000

ATLANTA (AP) _ Dikembe Mutombo has a mild case of malaria, sidelining the Atlanta Hawks’ center for at least two weeks.

He is believed to have contracted the disease during a visit to his homeland in the Congo in September, team spokesman Arthur Triche said Tuesday.

Mutombo initially was diagnosed with severe flu and was hospitalized with a fever Monday in Springfield, Mass., where the Hawks were playing an exhibition game against the Boston Celtics.

Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes and is usually characterized by chills, fever and sweating.

Triche said Mutombo was on his way back to Atlanta on Tuesday.

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