Lindsay Lohan could be jailed

23 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chikungunya Gotcha Down? The Virus That Got Lindsay Lohan.

Lindsay Lohan seems to be a beacon for unwanted attention lately. Although Lindsay Lohan has been fighting off severe joint pains after contracting a rare mosquito-borne virus, she could have a bigger problem on the horizon: time behind bars. Lindsay Lohan could face another stint behind bars in California for not completing the community service hours that resulted from a 2012 reckless driving case. LiLo was supposed to complete 240 hours of community service in connection with a 2012 car accident where she rear ended a truck, and she was required to show proof by November 6, 2014 that she’d done it all. While Chikungunya sounds alien and exotic, you’ll be hearing a lot about it, as infections from the virus are exploding in the Caribbean and Latin America, as are cases of dengue fever, another nasty virus transmitted by mosquitoes.

An extension to complete the hours was granted in November after only acquiring half of the 240 hours required, but the actress is due back in court on Wednesday and still hasn’t completed the hours. Lohan was initially slated to complete her service by Nov. 6, 2014, but a judge granted her an extension after she had only finished half the assigned hours by the original date. The star was given a second shot — she’s supposed to show in court next Wednesday, January 28 — but TMZ’s sources say she’s still not close to getting it done.

However, the excuses may not sit well with the judge — especially since Lohan spent quite some time in Bora Bora over the holidays, a trip that was documented extensively on Instagram. It only reached Europe in 2007, and epidemiologists have watched its slow spread, along with the spread of the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, from Southeast Asia.

A. aegypti is considered to be the main vector (insect or animal transmitting an infectious agent) spreading dengue, also now a growing threat in the US. Globalization has been the major cause , with differing species of mosquitoes being spread as products like used tires and plants are shipped around the world. This is one of the concerns about the upcoming summer 2016 Olympics in Brazil, as thousands of people will travel to affected areas, and some are likely to carry the infection home with them, as Lohan did. (Another concern is the spreading multi-drug resistant bacteria from polluted water in the river and bay where the Olympics will be held.) Climate change may increase these vector-borne infections by prolonging the biting season for mosquitoes, for example, and by expanding their range.

Travelers, especially, should be aware of the symptoms of Chikungunya—sudden onset of high fever, headache, back pain, myalgia (muscle aches), severe arthralgia (joint pain), and often a rash. (The rash is not distinctive, except that it can involve the palms and soles, which is an important clue. It’s important that, based on symptoms and a careful exposure history, physicians consider some of the illnesses which can present similarly but that require specific treatment, such as leptospirosis (a bacterial infection from swimming or exposure to fresh water) or malaria. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) can be helpful, but might be a problem in dengue, which is complicated by low platelets and bleeding in severe cases. In both areas, there are community efforts to scour the neighborhoods for standing water, which serves as a breeding ground for both types of mosquito.

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