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'That was dreadful': The Wiggles' Anthony Field says he caught viral meningitis from high-fiving children at his concerts

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Anthony Field holding a fish: 'That was dreadful': The Wiggles' Anthony Field (above) has revealed he probably caught viral meningitis from high-fiving children at his concerts and not using hand sanitiser afterwards © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'That was dreadful': The Wiggles' Anthony Field (above) has revealed he probably caught viral meningitis from high-fiving children at his concerts and not using hand sanitiser afterwards Life can be tough as a touring musician. 

Just ask The Wiggles' Anthony Field, who contracted a devastating illness most likely after high-fiving young fans at his concerts.

Speaking on the Who Are You podcast on Thursday, the children's entertainer said he was infected with viral meningitis which left him unable to exercise for three years.

'I got viral meningitis, which the doctors say I probably got from the audience, high-fiving children and not using the hand sanitiser,' Anthony, 55, said.

'That was dreadful. It was two to three years ago, and now I've just started getting back into exercise. It really laid me low.'

a group of people posing for the camera: Health woes: Speaking on the Who Are You podcast on Thursday, Anthony (far right) said he was infected with viral meningitis which left him unable to exercise for three years. Pictured with The Wiggles on May 18, 2016 on the Gold Coast © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Health woes: Speaking on the Who Are You podcast on Thursday, Anthony (far right) said he was infected with viral meningitis which left him unable to exercise for three years. Pictured with The Wiggles on May 18, 2016 on the Gold Coast The Blue Wiggle has experienced health setbacks throughout his career, having previously suffered from depression and anxiety. 

Last year, he injured himself while on tour in the U.S. and ended up in hospital. 

After returning to Australia, Anthony shared a photo of himself to Instagram and poked fun at his injury, which he sustained by walking into a glass door.

'"Smashed it" on tour and I'm not talking about the shows! Great fun overseas, great to be back! No revolving doors!' he wrote in the caption.

a group of people posing for the camera: Struggles: The Blue Wiggle has experienced health setbacks throughout his career, having previously suffered from depression and anxiety. Pictured with The Wiggles © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Struggles: The Blue Wiggle has experienced health setbacks throughout his career, having previously suffered from depression and anxiety. Pictured with The Wiggles

He had received 12 stitches at Boston's Tuft Medical Center after his accident, but still didn't miss a concert during the band's U.S. tour.

Anthony, who once sang in rock band The Cockroaches, has been the darling of parents and toddlers for decades for his uplifting work with The Wiggles.

He has been married to wife Michaela Patisteas for 16 years and the couple share three children: daughters Lucia, 15, and Marie, 13, and son Antonio, 11.


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