Melissa Rycroft Has Swine Flu

The swine flu epidemic is now spreading through Hollywood. After learning last week that Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell was fighting the virus, Dancing With the Stars and Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft has revealed that she is suffering from the illness.

"I am indeed recovering from a bout of the H1N1 flu virus," Melissa, who just recently got engaged, told "Like most people who become infected, I thought I had a mild case of the common flu, but when my symptoms exacerbated, I immediately went to the hospital where I was diagnosed with H1N1 and given the proper medications to cure the infection."

The ABC sweetheart is attempting to use her bad luck to help others by urging the public to take care of themselves and get regular check-ups. "I want to stress to people how easy it is to battle this flu when you take the proper steps such as seeking the care of a doctor," she said. "I'm a clear case that by paying diligent attention to your health, it's easy to overcome this illness and be healthy again."

Here's hoping she's back to dancing in no time.

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