Barbara Walters Has the Chicken Pox

"We're telling you, Barbara, no scratching," said Walter's co-host on 'The View,' Whoopi Goldberg.

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It’s been a rough couple of days for Barbara Walters. Last week, the ABC News host fell down at an inauguration party at an ambassador’s home in Washington, D.C. She suffered a cut on her temple and was sent to the hospital, where she remained for treatment of an ongoing fever. And now, it turns out that she’s got a case of the chicken pox, ABC News reports.

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“We want to give you an update on Barbara,” Whoopi Goldberg, Walters’ co-host on The View, said on the show Monday:

“You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood. Barbara has the chicken pox. She’d never had it as a child. So now she’s been told to rest, she’s not allowed any visitors. And we’re telling you, Barbara, no scratching.”

Walters was transferred last week from a hospital in D.C. to one in New York City, and said she expects to be home very soon, according to ABC News. The 83-year-old veteran journalist thanked “all the people who have called, written and been concerned” through a statement read on The View.

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