Barbara Walters still in the hospital, has chicken pox

By Daniel S Levine,

ABC News veteran correspondent Barbara Walters will remain in the hospital. More than a week after suffering from a fall during inauguration weekend, Walters has chicken pox.

Her The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg told viewers today that Walters, 83, was diagnosed with the illness over the weekend, reports ABC News.

“We want to give you an update on Barbara,” Goldberg said. “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.”

She continued, “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 is expected to be home shortly after being transferred to a New York hospital.

“We love you. We miss you. We just don't want to hug you,” Goldberg added.

Last weekend, Walters was hospitalized after she fell during a pre-inauguration event and cut her head. Days later, she sent a statement to The View, thanking fans for their support. “I'm running a low-grade fever and the doctors are keeping me in the hospital until my temperature is normal. I'm pleased to say that it is going in the right direction and I will be home soon,” she said in the statement at the time.



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