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Lindsay Lohan picked up a rare virus during Bora Bora visit

Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan picked up a rare mosquito-borne virus over the holidays in Bora Bora.
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It’s been a while since we’ve heard news out of the Lindsay Lohan camp -- but apparently we should have sent the actress a get-well card.

Lohan contracted the chikungunya virus during a Christmas trip to Bora Bora, her rep confirmed to Gossip Cop on Wednesday. She apparently became symptomatic just before New Year’s.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the mosquito-borne virus is rarely fatal but its symptoms -- primarily fever, fatigue and joint pain -- can be debilitating. Though most folks feel better within a week, the pain can stick around for months in some people.

The “Speed-the-Plow” actress was treated at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London, according to TMZ, which first reported the news and noted that the hospital is fit for a queen, literally. Like, the queen.


Gossip Cop said the treatment was outpatient, not in-hospital; TMZ said Wednesday that Lohan was “just released” from the hospital after her fever broke and, still in pain, had been referred to a specialist.

Chikungunya was reported in French Polynesia -- specifically Tahiti -- for the first time back in October, the CDC said. As of Jan. 13, 51,100 infections have been reported in that part of the world, with nine deaths attributed to the virus.

A Lohan rep did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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