Chicken Pox Lollipops Illegal
November 7, 2011 by staff
Chicken Pox Lollipops Illegal, US parents who reportedly buy mail order lollies infected with chickenpox to try to help their children build up immunity from the virus are being warned the practice could be dangerous.
The treats have apparently emerged following chickenpox “parties” – where parents get their youngsters together with an infected child so they catch it, in the belief it will strengthen their defences.
Such gatherings have become popular in recent years following health concerns related to vaccinations.
But Jerry Martin, US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, said he was concerned by reports in Phoenix and Nashville of people going on Facebook to find lollipops, saliva or other items from children who have chickenpox.
He said: “Can you imagine getting a package in the mail from this complete stranger that you know from Facebook because you joined a group, and say, ‘Here, drink this purported spit from some other kid?’”
Mr Martin said it was a federal crime to send diseases or viruses across state lines in the post.
Sending snacks laced with chickenpox would be illegal under the same law that makes it illegal to post infectious diseases such as anthrax. He said a conviction could lead to a jail sentence between a few months and 20 years.
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