US authorities have warned parents that posting infected lollipops to other families who want their children to get chickenpox is against the law. But why are the parents doing it?
The news that some parents have been apparently posting saliva-soaked tissues and licked lollipops to each other in an attempt to spread chicken pox among their children has been greeted with widespread condemnation.
Doctors have cautioned that licking a supposedly infected lollipop is unlikely to pass on chickenpox — which is mostly an airborne virus — but could expose a child to other, more serious ailments.
And Jerry Martin, US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, warned that anyone attempting to send so-called
pox packages through the mail would be breaking federal laws against shipping biohazards across state lines.
The Facebook page on which parents were discussing
pox packages — Find a Pox Party In Your Area — has now ceased to exist