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Chickenpox strikes Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters (Credit: Barbara Walters (Getty Images))

Get well soon, Barbara!

A week and a half after suffering a fall and cutting her temple in Washington, news icon Barbara Walters now has the chickenpox.

Whoopi Goldberg - Walters' co-host on "The View" - announced the news on the ABC talk show Monday, saying: "Now you all know that she fell and cut her head ten days ago and then was running a temperature. But it turns out ... Barbara has the chickenpox.

"Apparently she had never had it as a child so now she's being told to rest. She's not allowed any visitors and we're telling you, 'Barbara, no scratching. OK?'" Goldberg added. "'Cause those spots will spread even worse if you scratch them up. We love you, we miss you, we just don't want to hug you.'"

Walters was originally hospitalized after falling while in D.C. to cover the presidential inauguration.

There is no word on when Walters, 83, will be back on "The View."

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