Lindsay Lohan has been seeking medical treatment for a rare virus that she apparently picked up on a vacation in Bora Bora. The rare tropical mutation is known as Chikungunya and was apparently brought on thanks to a mosquito bite that she had received during her stay in Bora Bora. While there haven’t been a ton of details released regarding her condition, beyond the fact that she was receiving treatment at King Edward’s VII Hospital in the U.K.
Interestingly though, it would appear as though she is no longer receiving treatment at the hospital and is now seeing a specialist who is apparently more skilled in this particular area of medicine. The virus is said to be incurable, and causes intense pain, along with fever, joint pain, and even fatigue. Initially, doctors thought the condition she might be experiencing was the flu, doctors quickly realized that the virus that was running through her was anything but the flu.
She posted to Twitter shortly thereafter contracting the virus saying “Being sick is no fun. But happy new year everyone. Be safe. Love all. Make a difference […].” The outlook doesn’t look very good for Lohan either, now that she has had doctors identify the illness that she has fallen victim to. Chikungunya is said to be deadly in some instances, and that the illness can have symptoms that last weeks, months, and even years in extreme cases. It is said to only be passed via mosquito bites, and while there aren’t any treatments – there is medication that can make dealing with the illness less painful.
However, those who follow her on social media know that she did not let her illness – at time of her diagnosis, or after – impact her decision to continue living a very normal life. She was out with friends throughout the holiday and didn’t even cut her vacation short. She said in an Instagram post “In good faith with good people. I refuse to let a virus effect my peaceful vacation. Be safe and happy on the new year all.” It’s unclear whether her condition is improving or deteriorating, but she seems to be in good spirits if nothing else.