Parents caught selling chicken pox lollipops for $50
Published 08/11/2011 | 05:00
AMERICAN parents have been caught selling chickenpox-infected lollipops to other families who want their children to catch the virus while they are young.
Prosecutors in Tennessee have been forced to issue a warning that sending viruses or diseases by post is illegal, after parcels of the infectious sweets were discovered on sale over the internet.
Wendy Werkit, of Nashville, offered to send other parents a "fresh batch of pox" on lollipops or cotton buds for $50 (€36). She told a local television station she had been inspired to sell the products because parents were frustrated that "they can't get it the normal way any more".
Her advertisement was placed on a Facebook page and was intended to help parents find a "pox party" in their area where children can mix and pick up the virus, which can be more dangerous if contracted in later life. (© Daily Telegraph, London)