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Lisa Whelchel: 'Survivor Philippines' Star Suffering from West Nile Virus

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Lisa Whelchel hit Twitter to share some news with fans who have been pulling for her on 'Survivor: Philippines' -- she has been diagnosed with a frightening illness.

The former 'Facts of Life' star tweeted, "Dr. just called with blood test results.  I have West Nile. Ugh.  I'm fine, just tired.  Takes a year to recover."

In a follow up post, she said: "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 25th installment of the successful series filmed from March to April 2012 and began airing Sept. 19, 2012.  Lisa is still in the hunt after nine episodes.

No word on whether she picked up the nasty virus while filming, but according to her latest tweet she plans to be on hand for the season finale on Dec. 16.

Photo:  Twitter-Lisa Whelchel

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Hope you recover soon. You have always had a place in my heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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