Survivor star and former child celebrity Lisa Whelchel has revealed that she has the West Nile Virus on her Twitter account Tuesday.
Lisa, who lives in Texas where West Nile is prevalent this year, wrote:
“Dr. just called with blood test results…I have West Nile. Ugh. I’m fine, just tired. Takes a year to recover. “
West Nile virus is a disease spread by mosquitoes that weakens the immune system. Symptoms begin one day to two weeks after exposure and can last up to a month. There have been 79 deaths in Texas this year, a sharp increase from last year’s death toll of 2. In fact it was so bad this summer, officials in Dallas had to spray neighborhoods which were hardest hit.
We wish Lisa a speedy recovery, and we hope to see her go far on Survivor.