Lindsay Lohan was hospitalized in London after contracting a rare and incurable virus in Bora Bora. It’s been reported that the Mean Girls star contracted Chikungunya, a virus that’s passed around to humans through mosquito bites. The symptoms for Chikungunya include a high fever that could last for a week, and severe joint pain that could last for weeks, months, and even years. Lohan got the virus while vacationing in Bora Bora over the holidays before flying out to L.A. to shoot an E-surance commercial for the Super Bowl.
According to reports, Lindsay Lohan started showing symptoms of the virus just before New Year’s. The star was in London when the fever and joint pain made it hard for her to even walk. Lindsay Lohan was then brought to King Edward VII Hospital, the same place where the Queen of England is treated. TMZ reported that Lohan was eventually discharged after her fever broke; however, her joint pain is still intense. Doctors referred Lohan to a specialist that could treat the virus. While Chikungunya itself is incurable, the prolonged joint pains and fever can be managed with medication.
Despite her illness, Lindsay Lohan has remained active in social media. Prior to being sent to the hospital, the star took to Twitter to promote her charity work with a local London youth volunteering project. Lohan also posted pictures from her trip shortly after contracting the virus. One snap had the caption, “Before I got Chikungunya, use Big Spray please God bless.” Another photo was captioned, “Being sick is no fun. But happy New Year everyone. Be safe. Love all. Make a difference.”
Before I got chikungunya use Big spray please God bless. http://t.co/8xg2gNWBz5
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) December 28, 2014
According to the World Health Organization’s report about Chikungunya, “Occasional cases of eye, neurological and heart complications have been reported, as well as gastrointestinal complaints. Serious complications are not common, but in older people, the disease can contribute to the cause of death. Often symptoms in infected individuals are mild and the infection may go unrecognized, or be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue occurs.”
The CDC, meanwhile, reported that Chikungunya outbreaks have occurred in countries located in Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The first recorded case of Chikungunya in the Americas happened in late 2013, on islands in the Caribbean.
In order to prevent the spread of the virus, the CDC said that travelers should use insect repellent and to wear long sleeves and pants to avoid getting mosquito bites while traveling in countries with Chikungunya.
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