The actress revealed her diagnosis Tuesday in a Tweet:
“Dr. just called with blood test results…I have West Nile. Ugh. I’m fine, just tired. Takes a year to recover,” Whelchel, 49, wrote.
She added that she is “expecting a full recovery.”
Whelchel did not state how she contracted the virus, which causes symptoms such as fatigue and body aches, but it would appear from the timing of it that she did not get it during her time on “Survivor” while filming in the Philippines, which wrapped production in April.
It’s the latest setback for the former teen star, who revealed in September she quietly divorced husband Steve Cauble after 24 years of marriage.
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