Lindsay Lohan Hospitalized Today with Rare, Incurable Virus

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Actor Lindsay Lohan was hospitalized earlier today at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London. She is reportedly suffering from a rare, incurable virus that she picked up over the holidays while vacationing in Bora Bora. It’s called Chikungunya, a virus transmitted by mosquito bites that causes fever, joint pain and fatigue. (Scroll down to get the full CDC summary of this virus.)

Lohan was then released at 10:50AM Pacific Time, “because her fever broke sufficiently, but her joint pain is still intense and doctors referred her to a specialist who treats the virus.”

After unknowingly contracting the virus while vacationing in Bora Bora, the actress traveled to Los Angeles to shoot an Esurance commercial, which TMZ believes will be shown during the Super Bowl. Lohan began complaining of symptoms before New Year’s, but she returned to London, where she eventually became too ill to work. However, because the virus is spread through mosquito bites, health officials have voiced no immediate concerns about other people in the United States or the United Kingdom contracting the virus from her.

Lohan was last seen working on the London stage in a production of Speed the Plow.

About Chikungunya (from the CDC)

The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. There is a risk that the virus will be imported to new areas by infected travelers. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. When traveling to countries with chikungunya virus, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.

Treatment

  • There is no medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection or disease.
  • Decrease the symptoms:
    • Get plenty of rest
    • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration
    • Take medicines, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen, or paracetamol, to relieve fever and pain.

More detailed information can be found on CDC’s chikungunya web page for healthcare providers

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