Barbara Walters' Chicken Pox Case: "I have never seen...

Barbara Walters' Chicken Pox Case: "I have never seen a case in anyone over the age of 60," says Expert

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It's been a tough time for Barbara Walters recently; she suffered a nasty fall prior to President Obama's inauguration, and when hospitalized for said fall, she contracted chicken pox - something an expert told USA today was extremely rare.

Ninety percent of the people who get chickenpox get it before age 13. I have never seen a case in anyone over the age of 60," explained David Nace, a physician in the geriatric division at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "In medical literature, only a handful of cases are reported among people older than 60," he continued. "When we were in training we'd come across a condition in the hospital and ask how common is this condition? The doctors would say you'll see references to it on the first part of the board exams, the second part of the boards and the third part of the boards. Chickenpox occurring in someone in their 80s doesn't even make the boards. That's how unusual it is."

Walters was transferred from the Washington hospital she was in after she fell to a New York Hospital. She is hoping to go home soon. Her long time friend and colleague Whoopi Goldberg informed us of her plight: "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."


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