reports her partner, Stuart Townshend, got worried that something was seriously wrong with the Oscar-winning star after she complained of serious stomach pains and took her to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles. Townshend said:
I was scared to death. I had no idea what was happening to her, but this is a woman who never complains, so I knew it had to be serious.
Doctors believed Theron contracted the virus while on a trip overseas.
According to online sources
, Theron was born in South Africa and began a modelling career at the age of 16. She later moved to the U.S., where she planned to become a dancer. After moving to California, she got into the film industry and rose to prominence in the late 1990s with films like Mighty Joe Young. Theron won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2004 for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster.