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Flesh-eating Bananas Hoax

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on December 4, 2011 at 12:41 AM
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 Flesh-eating Bananas Hoax

Hoax emails and text messages warning people against eating bananas for the next 3-weeks as they are contaminated with the deadly 'flesh-eating disease' i.e. necrotizing fasciitis are making rounds in Mozambique and South Africa.

This deadly bacteria can destroy skin, fat and tissue covering the muscles. The messages advised people to see a doctor if they developed a fever after eating the killer fruit. The emails also advised against burning the skin around the supposed infection.

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The Ministry of Health have denounced these rumors as false and have clarified that the disease is only communicable through direct contact with infected persons and cannot be spread via fruits and vegetables.

Source: Medindia
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