January 29, 2013

Adult Chicken Pox: How Is Barbara Walters’ Condition Different From Shingles?

By Logan Lafferty

Barbara Walters, the 83-year-old veteran news anchor and co-host of "The View," is in the hospital with chicken pox, according to news reports…Stacey Rizza, who is the chair of the HIV clinic at Mayo Clinic, an infectious disease expert and associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, told HuffPost that getting chicken pox as an adult can lead to more severe symptoms because "your immune system is not as young and ready to attack, so you get a little sicker."

Huffington Post by Amanda Chan

Tags: Barbara Walters, Celebrity Patients, chicken pox, Dr. Stacy Rizza, HIV clinic, Huffington Post, immune system, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, The View

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