A disturbing new trend is reportedly taking place on Facebook, where are parents trading viruses through the mail in order to infect their children. The Facebook group is called 'Find a Pox Party in Your Area' (video below).
These parents reportedly do not believe in vaccinations, but rather "natural immunity" through intentional exposure to disease.
On the Facebook 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 actually use the page to set up play dates with children who currently have chicken pox.
Doctors say it is dangerous that parents are accepting diseases from complete strangers and deliberately infecting their children. Another concern is that they are sending viruses through the mail, which is illegal.
"This is dangerous," said Dr. A.D. Jacobson, the chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Phoenix Children's Hospital. He said children can encounter complications such as skin infections when they're introduced to chicken pox. In rare cases, children can die from not getting vaccinated.
Elizabeth Jacobs, of the University of Arizona College of Public Health, told CBS 5: "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. I could never feel good about purposely infecting a child with a disease like that."
It doesn't stop at chickenpox. Two people on the Facebook page were looking for measles, mumps, and rubella. According to the Facebook page, parents sent contaminated material from Arizona to California, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia, and Canada.
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