‘Facts of Life’ star Lisa Whelchel tells Twitter followers she has West Nile Virus, is ‘expecting a full recovery’

By Daniel S Levine,

Former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel, who is now a star on CBS’ Survivor, told her Twitter followers this week that she was diagnosed with West Nile Virus.

According to People, Whelchel told her 33,000 followers, “Dr. just called with blood test results...I have West Nile. Ugh. I'm fine, just tired. Takes a year to recover.”

That sparked an avalanche of support from her friends and fans and prompted another tweet from the 49-year-old actress on Wednesday. “I've been very touched by all the sweet tweets. Other than tired, I'm feeling fine & expecting a full recovery. So grateful for you. Thanks!” she wrote.

Whelchel did not go into any further details about her symptoms and it is not clear if the diagnosis is related to her stint on Survivor. The hit CBS reality show, which was filmed in the Philippines this season, wrapped production back in April. The disease is spread by mosquitoes and there are nearly 4,000 cases in the US each year, notes People.

“I didn't have one moment where I regretted being out there,” she said about being on Survivor. “In fact, the contrary. I was having an adventure; I was doing something that was a challenge, that was very hard.”

Whelchel went on Survivor after she divorced her husband of 24 years, notes The Huffington Post.

image: CBS



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