She later followed up to thank her fans. "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!"
Whelchel is best known for her role as Blair on the 1980s sitcom, The Facts of Life. The latest season of Survivor filmed in the Philippines, but she did not specify where or when she might have contracted the West Nile, a mosquito-borne virus.