Lisa Whelchel has West Nile virus

Lisa Whelchel, the former Facts of Life actor who’s on Survivor Philippines, announced today that she’s been diagnosed with West Nile virus.

Lisa announced this via social media, writing, “Dr. just called with blood test results…I have West Nile. Ugh. I’m fine, just tired. Takes a year to recover.” She added that “Other than tired, I’m feeling fine & expecting a full recovery.”

The virus is spread mostly by mosquito bites and according to WebMd, “When symptoms do appear, they begin 3 to 14 days after the mosquito bite.” In other words, she most likely did not get it while filming Survivor last spring.

WebMd notes that “[t]here is no treatment,” and “[m]ost of the time people fully recover from it. But permanent problems such as seizures, memory loss, and brain damage can occur, especially in children and older people.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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