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Chickenpox-Laced Lollipops Sold on Facebook

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM
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By Lisa Collier Cool
Nov 08, 2011

In a literally sickening Facebook ad gone viral, a Nashville, TN mom offered to sell lollipops tainted with chickenpox germs. Wendy Werkit explained that she’d shipped lollipops which her children had sucked on, “so other people’s kids can get chickenpox.” Actually, her target market was parents who want their kids to catch chickenpox. As an added bonus, the virus-laced lollipops, priced at $50, payable via PayPal, came with infected spit and Q-tips.

Werkit’s ad ran on a Facebook page called “Find a Pox Party Near You,” where parents shared tips on how to send virus-laden spit—transported on candies, washcloths, or cotton swabs—through the U.S. mail. Scarier advice: “Don’t put anything identifying it as pox.”

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The Facebook page now carries a disclaimer, “ABSOLUTELY NO SENDING VIRUSES THROUGH THE MAIL,” and states that its mission is to help parents find local “chickenpox parties.” The premise is that catching the disease gives kids lifelong immunity without vaccination. To get the medical facts behind this bizarre story, I talked to Nathan Litman, MD, Chief of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Section at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, in New York City.

Can sending chickenpox lollipops through the mail spread the virus?

It’s unlikely that the varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox would survive the trip, says Dr. Litman. “Another problem is that when you buy infected body fluids from a stranger over the Internet, you have no idea what you’ll get—the lollipop or spit could contain HIV, drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA, other dangerous pathogens, or even poison.” It’s also illegal to send infectious materials over state lines, under the same law that bars shipping pathogens like anthrax, either by mail or services like Fedex.

What’s the origin of chickenpox parties?

“In the pre-vaccine era, exposing children at chickenpox parties wasn’t a terrible idea, because this illness tends to be worse in adults than in children, so it was better to get it at a young age,” says Dr. Litman. Since chickenpox is highly contagious, there is an 80 to 90 percent chance that a child who is exposed will get the disease, which is spread through direct contact with an infected person or inhaling airborne droplets released when the person coughs or sneezes. Pox parties have had a surge of popularity among vaccine opponents, with parents seeking them placing ads on Craig’s list or posting on Facebook.

NEXT: Dangers of "Pox Parties" >>

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norahsmommy
by Bronze Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM
This is stupid and dangerous. Having strangers send open candy for you to feed to your kids. Chicken pox virus would most likely not be active by the time the sucker got to you anyway!! I don't agree with the chicken pox vax for most kids. Its not a deadly disease for most or even that dangerous. It's hard to find a way to ensure your kid will catch it young while it's pretty harmless, but this is stupid.
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mamaK0911
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM
Wow!! This tough economy is making people batty!!!
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kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

 I wish they wouldn't call this a Pox Party.  It isn't.  A chickenpox party is something done in person.  If someone is offering to sell contaminated stuff it's a scam.

hailey3
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM
Its stupid. Chicken pox virus causes shingles later on. Why do you want to subject your kids to that later on in life.
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Susan0805
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM
Thats disgusting and dangerous, yikes!!
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Hearts_n_Stars
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM

 i swear this has got to be the most ignorant thing i have ever heard.. i cannot believe people actually think that this is great to do.. if you don't want to give your kid the vaccine, fine don't.. no big deal.. why purposely try to infect your kid with something, that could be dangerous? 

 i had the Chicken Pox as a child, and i couldn't get rid of it. my brother and sister got it, had gotten over it in 2 weeks... i had it for a month, the pain was excruciating.. if i had to choose getting it again, or going through labor, i choose labor if that says anything.. 

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM
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 For the nitwits buying the lollipops......There is a sucker born every minuet!  LOL first you laugh....then you groan!

norahsmommy
by Bronze Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 2:25 PM
The vaccine does too.


Quoting hailey3:

Its stupid. Chicken pox virus causes shingles later on. Why do you want to subject your kids to that later on in life.

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hailey3
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 2:28 PM
I've never given my kids the vaccine but I'm sure not subjecting my kids to the virus like that. That is an even bigger health risk IMO.

Quoting norahsmommy:

The vaccine does too.




Quoting hailey3:

Its stupid. Chicken pox virus causes shingles later on. Why do you want to subject your kids to that later on in life.

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mcclellanlass
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM
that's sick.
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