Television personality Barbara Walters, who was
hospitalised earlier this month after falling and injuring
her head, is recovering from chicken pox. REUTERS/Lucas
Celebrity newswoman Barbara Walters, who was hospitalised
earlier this month after falling and injuring her head, is
recovering from chicken pox, her co-host Whoopi Goldberg said
on "The View" talk show.
Goldberg said Walters, 83, who is in a New York hospital, has
been told to rest and is not receiving visitors.
"You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago and
then was running a temperature," Goldberg said on the show.
"But it turns out it is all the result of a delayed
childhood. Barbara has the chicken pox," Goldberg adding,
saying Walters had never had the illness as a child.
Walters, 83, had been admitted to a Washington hospital
during President Barack Obama's inauguration weekend after
she fell and cut her head at the British ambassador's
residence, her network ABC said.
Goldberg joked: "She's been told to rest, she's not allowed
any visitors, and we're telling you, Barbara, no scratching."
ABC-TV said Walters, who created the long-running talk show
after working decades as one of television news' best-known
journalists, was transferred to a New York hospital late last
week from Washington and was expected to be discharged soon.
Despite Goldberg's light-hearted remarks about the illness,
usually associated with children, chicken pox can be serious
for adults and the elderly, accompanied by more severe
itching from hundreds of blisters.
Headaches, fever and chills, sometimes leading to pneumonia,
can follow if the illness is not properly treated and
precautions are not taken, or if the patient has a
compromised immune system.