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One Direction Members Fear Contracting Chlamydia From Koala

04/25/2012 10:40 AM ET

Members of the singing boy group ‘One Direction’ are concerned they may have contracted chlamydia from a koala bear after a recent trip to Australia.

Two members Liam Payne and Harry Styles both 18 years-old, decided to stop by a wildlife sanctuary during their trip to Australia and were pictured holding a koala bear, named Kat, that ended up urinating on them.

The boys were then horrified to find out afterwards that 80% of the koala population has the sexually transmitted decease that causes the bears to have urinary tract infections which is life threatening to them. The epidemic among the koala’s is so bad that wildlife officials fear it will cause an extinction of the species if no vaccine is created.

“I’m genuinely scared. This is worrying,” Payne told the Sun. “I’d have never picked the thing up if I’d known.”

Even know the boys were asked to get a medical examination to be certain, the singers got a little good news by the fact they were also informed, though a danger exists; there is only a very rare strain of chlamydia that can be transferred between animals and humans.

The five member singing group was a participant in the seventh season of the U.K.’s ‘X-Factor.’ They placed third in the competition and were later signed to a recording contract by Simon Cowell’s, Syco Records. Their debut single, “What Makes You Beautiful”, was released in September 2011 and peaked at number one in the U.K.

Their debut album, Up All Night, followed in November 2011, and debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, with the highest sales for number two album in 2011, and became the fastest-selling debut album on the UK Albums Chart of 2011.

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