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Kentucky’s governor boasts of bringing his children to a “pox party”

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 25 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1369
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

Matt Bevin, the Republican governor of Kentucky, has told a radio show that he brought all nine of his children to a “pox party” in order to deliberately infect them with chickenpox.

“We found a neighbour that had it,” Bevin told local radio station Talk 104.1. “And I went and made sure every one of my kids was exposed to it and they got it. And they had it as children, they were miserable for a few days, and they all turned out fine.” …

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