Survivor Contestant Lisa Whelchel Has West Nile Virus
Roughing it in the wilderness seems to have taken its toll on Survivor: Philippines contestant Lisa Whelchel. The 49-year-old contestant recently announced that she has contracted the West Nile virus.
“Dr. just called with blood test results...I have West Nile,” she tweeted. “Ugh. I'm fine, just tired. Takes a year to recover. :(“
While its not clear if Lisa, who made a name for herself playing Blair Warner on the ‘80s hit The Facts of Life, contracted the virus while in the Philippines or not, especially considering filming for Survivor wrapped back in April. The reality star does, however, assure her fans she’ll be just fine in spite of the illness.
“I’ve been very touched by all the sweet tweets,” she wrote on Twitter. “Other than tired, I’m feeling fine & expecting a full recovery.”