Zac Efron Hospitalized for Infection While Shooting Reality TV Series in Papua New Guinea

“I bounced back quick,” says the actor, who was released and returned to L.A. in time for Christmas Eve

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 26: Zac Efron attends the "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile" Premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah.
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Zac Efron is back home in Los Angeles after been rushed to a hospital in Australia last week with a bacterial infection that he developed while filming a reality TV series in Papua New Guinea.

“Very thankful to everyone who has reached out,” the “Greatest Showman” actor wrote in a Sunday Twitter post. “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!”

Efron had been in Papua New Guinea shooting his new Quibi reality adventure series “Killing Zac Efron” that has him venturing “deep into the jungles of a remote, dangerous island to carve his own name in expedition history” when he went off the grid and fell ill, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

He was flown from PNG to St. Andrews War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, where he was treated for several days. Having recouped, Efron made it home in time to spend Christmas Eve with his family in L.A.

Efron’s rep didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.