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Contestants in the next edition of Survivor, to be staged in the Australian outback, will be getting plenty of vacinations. Why?

Contestants on Mark Burnett's other reality series, Eco-challenge, got more out of their six days in Borneo than they bargained for. A handful of the 312 came home with a rare virus, Leptospirosis, which depresses the immune system and can cause high fevers.

In the second-to-last leg of the competition, which is to debut on USA next April, contestants swam in a river that turned out to be contaminated with the virus. Health authorities were called in, and "everyone is just fine now," says an executive at Burnett's studio in Los Angeles.

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