While in French Polynesia over Christmas, the ‘Mean Girls’ actress contracted Chikungunya, a virus that causes fever, joint paint, fatigue and a rash. The symptoms can last for months since there is no cure.
The virus is usually passed to humans through insects.
As per Wikipedia:
Chikungunya is an infection caused by the Chikungunya virus. It features sudden onset fever usually lasting two to seven days, and joint pains typically lasting weeks or months but sometimes years. The mortality rate is a little less than 1 in 1000, with the elderly most likely to die.
The virus is passed to humans by two species of mosquito of the genus Aedes: A. albopictus and A. aegypti.
Shortly after contracting the virus, Lindsay kept her spirits high, posting a selfie with friends, saying, “In good faith with good people. I refuse to let a virus [affect] my peaceful vacation be safe and happy on the new year all.”
“She could hardly stand up, she was in so much pain,” a source told the New York Daily News. “But she’s in a great hospital now. It’s the one recommended by the queen.”
Following the vacation, Lindsday reportedly flew to Los Angeles to shoot an insurance commercial. She later went back to London where, according to TMZ, “she became so ill she couldn’t walk.”
Prior to being released, Lindsay was in King Edward VII’s Hospital where she was being treated for high fever and unbearable joint pain. While hospitalized, her fever broke sufficiently and she has been referred to specialists who treat the virus. Dina Lohan, Lindsay’s mother, is reportedly en route to London to care for Lindsay.
After contracting the virus, though, Lohan took to Twitter to urge her fans to “use bug spray.”
As of October 2014, over 776 000 suspected cases of Chikungunya have been recorded in the Caribbean islands, Latin American countries and some south American countries. 152 deaths have also been attributed to this disease during the same period. Mexico and USA have also recorded imported cases. On 21 October 2014, France confirmed four cases of chikungunya locally-acquired infection in Montpellier, France.