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Chicken Pox!

1/28/2013 8:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Barbara Walters
has seen it all in her career, except for one thing -- CHICKEN POX ... until now.

The 83-year-old news legend announced ... she's officially suffering from a case of the scratchies ... roughly 75 years after most people catch the viral infection.

Walters -- who was already recovering from a head injury she suffered during Inauguration weekend -- was obviously absent from "The View" this morning ... so Whoopi broke the 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."

"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 added, "We love you. We miss you. We just don't want to hug you."

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16.

freaksober    

better then the chicken SHARTS....

570 days ago
17.

Luz    

Oh, my God help her. Chicken pox is not fun, but at age 75?

570 days ago
18.

Luz    

Some people can have it twice in their lives.

570 days ago
19.

DJ    

Chicken Pox?
Ain't nobody got time fer that!

570 days ago
20.

Herman Munster    

Who cares.....

570 days ago
21.

Herman Munster    

I can't stand her....lets all hope she dies from it.

570 days ago
22.

bb    

Awww, poor Babs. Chicken pox is supposedly much worse if you get it as an adult, especially a middle age or over adult rather than as a child. I'm one of the few people I know who never, ever got it as a kid, so here's hoping...

570 days ago
23.

Henry Exhaust    

She should have had a Zostavax vaccination. Everyone, over 55, whether or not they have had Chicken Pox should have the vaccination.

570 days ago
24.

buzz kill    

"Cat Scratch Fever"

570 days ago
25.

cobo    

Whoopie said no scratching their is no scratching when you have it as an adult it is very painful and at her age she can die cause I got it last year I'm 36 and my doctor was more worried about my mother getting it when she came to take care or my son she is 66. PS my mom treated me as if I had the plague I never saw such a BIG bottle of rubbing alcohol lol.

570 days ago
26.

Kelli    

Why is she trying to hide the fact that she really has shingles??? She annoys me...

570 days ago
27.

Truth    

KARMA'S A BITCH!! #TRUTH!!

570 days ago
28.

STNCA    

What is with all these people not knowing the difference between chicken pox and shingles? You've got internet access; use it to Google shingles.

570 days ago
29.

Cheri    

Something tell me this is not true, I have a feeling she has shingles, but does not want it known as most people think of shingles being from dirty people, but most of us know that's not true.

570 days ago
30.

DaveT    

Always wonder how women balance their head when they wear those huge heavy earrings

570 days ago
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