Dear holy hades. They are apparently on Facebook, although the Facebook page I found (pictured) said that they were just about having kids attend parties and not about sending viruses through the mail. Mind, it’s not difficult for people to start up ‘private groups’ on this [UPDATE – just found one. About 155 people signed on, some identities clearly visible]
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.” According to the group’s page, it is geared toward “parents who want their children to obtain natural immunity for the chicken pox.”
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.
Parents also use the page to set up play dates with children who currently have chicken pox.
It even gets worse. Could it get worse than chicken pox? Oh yes:
CBS 5 producers found others asking for more dangerous pathogens. Two people on the Facebook page were looking for measles, mumps, and rubella.