Lisa Whelchel, a Texas native who portrayed Blair Warner on The Facts Of Life and is a contestant on the current season of Survivor, has West Nile Virus.
The actress turned reality star reveled the illness on on Twitter earlier this week:
Dr. just called with blood test results…I have West Nile. Ugh. I'm fine, just tired. Takes a year to recover. :(—
Lisa Whelchel (@LisaWhelchel) November 13, 2012
The 49-year-old is expecting a full recovery:
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!—
Lisa Whelchel (@LisaWhelchel) November 14, 2012
It is not known whether Whelchel contracted the disease while filming Survivor, or if she is one of the over 5,000 cases in the United States this year.