"Mean Girls" star Lindsay Lohan, who was admitted to a London hospital on Tuesday with high fever and intense joint pain, was released late on Wednesday. The 28-year-old star contracted a rare mosquito-borne virus during her trip to Bora Bora.
Lohan is reportedly battling the virus, named Chikungunya, which is caused by mosquito bites. She contracted the virus while she was on a break in French Polynesia over the Christmas holiday.
She was released from King Edward VII's Hospital after her fever broke, but she is still suffering from acute joint pain. Earlier, a source close to Lohan had said: She could hardly stand up, she was in so much pain... She was getting better, but with all the traveling, it wore her down, so the virus acted up again. It was like a relapse," New York Daily News reports.
Doctors have referred Lohan to a speacialist who can help manage the symptoms of the virus. Also, her mother and manager Dina Lohan is flying to London to be with her daughter.
"Dina wants her to come home to New York when she is released. "She is extremely worried for Lindsay and has suggested that she come back to live with her until her symptoms get better," a close friend of the family told Radar Online.
"The Parent Trap" star posted photos from the trip on Instagram. Along with the pictures, Lohan wrote: "In good faith with good people. I refuse to let a virus effect [sic] my peaceful vacation."
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Chikungunya advisory to travellers. It stated that more than 51,100 cases of the disease have been reported in French Polynesia since outbreak in October.
The disease is incurable in the sense that there are no antiviral medicines for its treatment. Doctors can only prescribe drugs to reduce the fever and joint pain. The CDC warns that even as most people start feeling better within a week, some may develop a long-term joint pain.