PHOENIX (KPHO) -
Doctors and medical experts are concerned about a new trend taking place on Facebook. Parents are trading live viruses through the mail in order to infect their children.
The Facebook group is called "Find a Pox Party in Your Area."
(artist's rendition, "pox party.")
I know this is not a new strategy, exposing young kids to chickenpox in the hope that getting it young will be less horrible than getting it at a later date, but these geniuses aren't just exposing their kids, they're exposing everyone who works at the post office, too.
On the page, parents post where they live and ask if anyone with a child who has the chicken pox would be willing to send saliva, infected lollipops or clothing through the mail.
And hopefully, the parents of the sick child can tell that it is just chickenpox that their kid has, and not something more serious, which is a dicey proposition since these parents don't have their kids immunized against anything.
Medical experts say the most troubling part of this is parents are taking pathogens from complete strangers and deliberately infecting their children.
One concern is that they are sending the virus through the mail.
A Facebook post reads, "I got a Pox Package in mail just moments ago. I have two lollipops and a wet rag and spit."
This is dangerous", said Dr. A.D. Jacobson, the chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Phoenix Children's Hospital. He said chicken pox is extremely contagious and is something he would never recommend you send in the mail. Children can encounter complications like encephalitis and skin infections when they're introduced to the disease.
In rare cases children can die from not getting vaccinated. Dr. Jacobson said that he had a child in the hospital that died at 14 months due to chicken pox pneumonia.
Oh, that's just pro-immunization propaganda! That's what the keeping-children-from-dying-industrial-complex wants you to think.
"If you have a young child over to your house specifically to get chicken pox, I don't think anyone would like to really consider what would happen if that child ended up being hospitalized," said Elizabeth Jacobs from the University of Arizona College of Public Health.
Oh, I wouldn't worry. I'm sure these parents don't believe in hospitalization either.
Anyway, it's just chickenpox, right?
CBS 5 producers found others asking for more dangerous pathogens. Two people on the Facebook page were looking for measles, mumps, and rubella.
-UCK, These anti-immunization nuts
are goddamm insane!