"Survivor: Philippines" star Lisa Whelchel has West Nile virus, she shared Tuesday with her Twitter followers. "Dr. just called with the blood test results...I have West Nile. Ugh. I'm fine, just tired. Takes a year to recover," she said.
The virus is spread by mosquitos and symptoms include general fatigue and malaise. Whelchel did not specify her symptoms further but did thank fans for their concern: "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!"
The 49-year-old former "Facts of Life" star and singer recently split from her husband of 24 years in March. She told People magazine at the time that the divorce was a motivating factor in her joining the 26th season of "Survivor." "Going out to 'Survivor' was helpful for me, to divert my attention and not just dwell on the loss," she said.