Barbara Walters has the Chicken Pox

UPDATE…Barbara Walters  has the CHICKEN POX .

Broadcast journalist, author, television personality and co-host of ABC’s  “The View” since 1993,   who fell  inauguration party which was held at the British Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night, Jan. 19th…  has come down with the “chicken pox.”

Following her accident…Walters, 83,  began running a fever. 

According to Whoopie Goldberg, who broke the news on the ABC morning talk show this today…the fever was a result of the “delayed childhood illness” which hit Walters 75 years later than most.  

Most cases of chickenpox occur in children younger than 10.  Adults and older children usually get sicker than younger children.

In a statement…Goldberg to the talk show audience that…”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”

Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna – or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.   Barbara Walters

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Chicken pox

Chickenpox (varicella) is caused by a virus. a member of the herpes virus family. The same virus also causes herpes zoster (shingles) in adults.  It begins with a fever, followed by a rash of red pimples which become itchy sores that form scabs. Chickenpox usually affects children from one to 14 years. In young babies, adults or people with impaired immune system, chickenpox is more severe
 Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Chickenpox can be spread very easily to others. You may get chickenpox from touching the fluids from a chickenpox blister, or if someone with the disease coughs or sneezes near you. Even those with mild illness may be contagious.

A person with chickenpox becomes contagious 1 to 2 days before their blisters appear. They remain contagious until all the blisters have crusted over.

Most cases of chickenpox occur in children younger than 10. The disease is usually mild, although serious complications sometimes occur. Adults and older children usually get sicker than younger children.

Children whose mothers have had chickenpox or have received the chickenpox vaccine are not very likely to catch it before they are 1 year old. If they do catch chickenpox, they often have mild cases. This is because antibodies from their mothers’ blood help protect them. Children under 1 year old whose mothers have not had chickenpox or the vaccine can get severe chickenpox.

Severe chickenpox symptoms are more common in children whose immune system does not work well because of an illness or medicines such as chemotherapy and steroids.


Most children with chickenpox have the following symptoms before the rash appears:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stomach ache

The chickenpox rash occurs about 10 to 21 days after coming into contact with someone who had the disease. The average child develops 250 to 500 small, itchy, fluid-filled blisters over red spots on the skin.

  • The blisters are usually first seen on the face, middle of the body, or scalp.
  • After a day or two, the blisters become cloudy and then scab. Meanwhile, new blisters form in groups. They often appear in the mouth, in the vagina, and on the eyelids.
  • Children with skin problems, such as eczema, may get thousands of blisters.

Most pox will not leave scars unless they become infected with bacteria from scratching.

Some children who have had the vaccine will still develop a mild case of chickenpox. They usually recover much more quickly and have only a few pox (fewer than 30). These cases are often harder to diagnose. However, these children can still spread chickenpox to others.


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