After a lifetime of avoiding one of the world's most contagious, airborne diseases, Barbara Walters' luck last week finally ran out.
According to doctors, the 83-year-old co-host of "The View" contracted the chicken pox recently after a fall sent her to the hospital during the weekend of President Barack Obama's inauguration.
"We want to give you an update on Barbara. 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 [illness]. 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," Whoopi Goldberg said on "The View" today.
She added: "We love you. We miss you. We just don't want to hug you."
While children are the most likely to contract chicken pox, adults, newborns and those with compromised immune systems are actually at the greatest risk of developing complications. Shingles, bacteria infections, respiratory issues, and neurologic complications land an estimated 14,000 people suffering from the disease in hospitals, with up to 100 dying annually.
Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that those adults who did not have chicken pox as a child receive a vaccine to prevent future issues. According to the Mayo Clinic, side effects are generally mild and include redness, soreness, swelling and, rarely, small bumps at the site of the shot.
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