Lindsay Lohan Hospitalized for Continued Symptoms of Exotic Disease

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Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Actress Lindsay Lohan had been hospitalized in London after dealing with continued symptoms in connection with an incurable disease she contracted while vacationing in Bora Bora over the holidays.

The virus, Chikungunya, which can be spread by mosquito bites, reportedly causes common symptoms, which include joint pain, fever, and fatigue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, other symptoms may include headache, joint swelling, or rash.

Lohan first tweeted that she had contracted the virus in December, just before the new year. At that time, she urged Twitter followers to use bug spray when vacationing in mosquito hot spots.

Now, back in London, she reportedly became so sick she couldn’t walk. The Mean Girls star was treated by doctors for high fever and joint pain at King Edward’s VII Hospital, where the Queen is also treated.

While undergoing treatment, the actress’ fever broke, and she was released. However, doctors have reportedly warned her the joint pain could last for several months.

CDC states, “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.”