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HIV Blood in a Ketchup
Dispenser at a Fast Food Restaurant-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: The forwarded email warns that
someone who is believed to be HIV-positive was found putting blood into
a ketchup dispenser at a fast-food restaurant. It warns to only
use sealed packets of ketchup.
The Truth: This eRumor primarily
circulated in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control there has not been any report of HIV-infected
blood in any ketchup dispensers at any restaurants. Further,
according to the CDC, there has never been a case of HIV infection or
AIDS reported to them that was the result of eating something that
contained the virus. A CDC release reminds everyone that HIV is a
blood-borne disease and is passed from one person to another directly
such as through certain kinds of sexual contact, needle sharing with an
infected person, or blood transfusions.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
SEND THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. PEOPLE ARE
This is something you may want to take note of: ONLY
FROM THE PACKET IN FAST FOOD OUTLETS!!
A man was caught placing blood in the ketchup dispenser at a fast
food outlet (to remain unnamed) within the last month. It is believed
that he is HIV+. So be sure to let your friends/family know... only use
items that come in a closed packet.
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