Melbourne, Nov (SF) .- An Australian moms claims to have distributed sweets contaminated with chickenpox to each child who knocked on her door this Halloween.
Sarah Walker RN, shared in a private Facebook group called “No to mandatory vaccination” that her son, whose name is mentioned, contracted chickenpox and that she planned to “help” other children in the community by spreading the virus through a candy.
“So now my beautiful son [name] has chickenpox and we have decided to help others with natural immunity this Halloween!” Walker wrote. “We have the package open and ready, and we are eager to help other members of the community.”
Walker’s message was shared by Light for Riley, a page dedicated to protecting “children and families against diseases that can be prevented by vaccines” in tribute to Riley Hughes, a child who died tragically from pertussis in March
On his Facebook page, Walker claims to work as a registered nurse at the “Brisbane Royal Children’s Hospital”. However, Queensland Health, the hospital’s parent company – which is actually located in Melbourne, not Brisbane – confirmed that it was never employed by its medical facilities.
“There are no people with that name who work or have worked as registered nurses for Queensland Health,” a spokeswoman wrote on Facebook. “It is a serious issue and the police have been informed, who have initiated an investigation.”
Later, Walker turned to Facebook to redouble his argument, despite the widespread negative reaction on the Internet.
“Dear Internet trolls,” he wrote. “They think they are doing the right thing by judging me and trying to denounce me and criticize me. I don’t care. My child’s health and well-being is much more valuable than any job.”
“They say I am mean and disgusting for doing something that hundreds of thousands of parents have already done before,” he continued. “How many times do you see children left in daycare or school who are clearly ill and contagious? Exactly!”
“And I offer immunization for life for the price of a couple of blisters and some days without going to school,” he added.
Fortunately, whether Walker devised his own plan or already existed previously, Queensland Health told News.com.au that the risk of chickenpox infection would be very low, since the virus does not survive long on surfaces.
Even if Walker were accused of handling food or saying false things to do so, he could face many years in prison.
In September 2018, the Australian parliament increased the incarceration period to 15 years for anyone convicted of contaminating food. It happened after needles were found in strawberries and other fruits, an epidemic that terrorized the country, according to Reuters.
The law criminalizes even false claims about food handling, a crime that is now punishable by up to 10 years in jail.