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Adult chicken pox

MADISON (WKOW) -- Barbara Walter, a co-host for ABC's "The View", is still recovering from both chicken pox and a severe concussion, and will not return to the show for a few more weeks. This rare case of adult chicken pox can be serious, even life threatening.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). The CDC says chicken pox can be serious, especially in babies, adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms like, blister-like rashes, itching, tiredness, and fever can spread easily from infected people to others who have never had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine. The CDC says chickenpox spreads in the air through coughing or sneezing, and can also be spread by touching or breathing in the virus particles that come from chickenpox blisters.

Dan Hopfensperger, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, says the best way to prevent chickenpox is to get the chickenpox vaccine. He said before the vaccine, about four million people would get chickenpox each year in the United States.

Hopfensperger joined us on 27 News at 5 on Tuesday to talk about adult chicken pox.

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