LATEST: Movie hunk Brad Pitt was released from hospital yesterday (13JUL05) and is recovering at his Los Angeles home after being diagnosed with viral meningitis.

The OCEAN'S TWELVE star checked himself into LA's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday night (11JUL05) after he began feeling unwell following an appearance at a motorcycle speedway event in California last weekend (09JUL05).

The 41-year-old actor recently visited east Africa with his MR AND MRS SMITH co-star Angelina Jolie, prompting medics to question whether his flu-like symptoms were something more serious.

He was later diagnosed with viral meningitis, an infection that causes an inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord and is often transferred through mosquito bites.

But the illness is rarely fatal in people with strong immune systems, so Pitt was discharged from hospital yesterday afternoon to recuperate at home.

His publicist CINDY GUAGENTI says, "The actor is at home and doing well."

14/07/2005 01:56