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Lisa Whelchel has West Nile virus

By Jeff Labrecque, EW.com
updated 11:24 AM EST, Thu November 15, 2012
"Facts of Life" star Lisa Whelchel tweeted that she has West Nile virus.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Facts of Life's" Lisa Whelchel has West Nile virus
  • The 49-year-old actress tweeted, "Dr. just called with blood test results...I have West Nile"
  • "Survivor: Philippines" wrapped its production in April

(EW.com) -- "Facts of Life" star and "Survivor" schemer Lisa Whelchel has West Nile virus.

The 49-year-old actress tweeted her condition, writing, "Dr. just called with blood test results...I have West Nile. Ugh. I'm fine, just tired. Takes a year to recover."

It's unknown where she contracted the illness, which can be spread by mosquitoes.

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"Survivor: Philippines" wrapped its production in April. Approximately 5,000 Americans have been infected by the illness this year, and Texas, where Whelchel lives, is one of the hardest-hit states.

Whelchel later tweeted, "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!?"

See the original article at EW.com.

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