Bananas from Costa Rica infected with flesh eating bacteria-Fiction!
Bananas from Costa Rica Infected with Flesh Eating Bacteria-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
People are warned by this email not to buy or eat bananas for three weeks because of the discovery that they can carry the dreaded flesh-eating bacteria. The story says that scientists have discovered the bacteria on bananas from Costa Rica, but that the Food and Drug Administration is keeping it quiet and willing to live with an estimated 15,000 people contracting the potentially fatal disease.
According to the Centers For Disease Control, it's a false rumor. No truth to it. No scientists have discovered the bacteria on bananas and the FDA is not keeping the lid on the story. The Centers of Disease Control (below) has issued a statement debunking the rumor.
For more information:
The Centers for Disease Control
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
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Warning: Several shipments of bananas from Costa Rica have been infected with necrotizing fasciitis, otherwise known as flesh eating bacteria.
Recently this disease has decimated the monkey population in Costa Rica.
We are now just learning that the disease has been able to graft itself to the skin of fruits in the region, most notably the Banana which is Costa Rica’s largest export.
Until this finding scientists were not sure how the infection was being transmitted.
It is advised not to purchase Bananas for the next three weeks as this is the period of time for which bananas that have been shipped to the US with the possibility of carrying this disease. If you have eaten a banana in the last 2-3 days and come down with a fever followed by a skin infection seek “Medical Attention”!!!
The skin infection from necrotizing fasciitis is very painful and eats two to three centimeters of flesh per hour. Amputation is likely, death is possible.
If you are more than an hour from a medical center burning the flesh ahead of the infected area is advised to help slow the spread of the infection. The FDA has been reluctant to issue a country wide warning because of fear of a nationwide panic. They have secretly admitted that they feel upwards of 15,000 Americans will be affected by this but that these are acceptable numbers. Please forward this to as many people you care about as possible as we do not feel 15,000 people is an acceptable number.