British woman, 97, becomes the oldest person ever to have chickenpox – despite already suffering the highly contagious bug as a child

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A 97-year-old British woman has become the oldest person to ever be struck down with chickenpox, claim doctors.

The unnamed patient, from London, had already battled the contagious bug as a child before contracting it again nine decades later.

The NHS states it’s ‘extremely rare’ for someone to be struck with it twice because most adults go on to develop shingles – when the dormant virus is reactivated.

Medics who treated the woman, who later died of a complication, at the Princess Royal University Hospital broke the news in the BMJ Case Reports. 

They assumed she was too old to have chickenpox – despite having the tell-tale rash that is associated with the usually harmless virus. 

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