Survivor Contestant Contracts West Nile Virus Janay Rickwalder
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Magazine reports that Survivor: Philippines contestant Lisa
Whelchel has contracted West Nile virus. The formerFacts of
Lifestar announced her diagnosis on Twitter, saying “Dr. just
called with blood test results...I have West Nile. Ugh. I'm fine,
just tired. Takes a year to recover.”
disease has infected 5,207 Americans so far this year and killed
234, according to new data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr. Jorge Parada, infectious disease specialist and medical
spokesperson for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA),
advises that four out of five people infected with West Nile Virus
will have no signs at all, while one in five people develop mild
symptoms including fever, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen
glands or a skin rash.