Barbara Walters now has chickenpox, castmate Whoopi Goldberg said Monday on "The View."

"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," Goldberg said. "Barbara has the chickenpox. 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!"

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

According to the ABC News website, Walters was transferred to a New York hospital late last week and expects to be home very soon.

Chickenpox is common in children but considered much more rare, and severe, when adults get it. The disease can be fatal in adults if not treated promptly.

Walters, 83, fell on a stair at the British ambassador's residence over inauguration weekend, and out of an abundance of caution, was taken to the hospital to be examined by doctors.

In a statement last week, Walters said she wanted to "thank all the people who have called, written and been concerned about me."

Contact Tony Hicks at thicks@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks.



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