09 Nov '11, 3am

American parents caught trying to sell chickenpox-infected lollipops over the Web

NASHVILLE (Tennessee) - American parents have been caught trying to sell chickenpox-infected lollipops over the Internet to other families who want their children to catch the virus while they are young, prompting the federal authorities to warn that sending viruses or diseases by post is illegal. Mrs Wendy Werkit offered to send other parents a "fresh batch of pox" on lollipops or cotton-buds, as well as spit, in return for US$50 (S$63.60) via PayPal. Mrs Werkit told a local television station that she had been inspired to sell the products because parents were frustrated that "they can't get it the normal way anymore". Her advertisement was placed on a Facebook page intended to help parents find a "pox party" in their local area, where children can mix and pick up the virus, which can be more dangerous if suffered later. Mr Jerry Martin, US Attorney for the Middle Distri...

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