Flesh Eating Banana Hoax
December 2, 2011 by staff
“From the work conducted by the Ministries of Agriculture, Health and Trade and Industry, it was concluded that there is no record of entry of any infected banana in the country,” according to a joint statement.
An email and text message hoax warning people against eating bananas for the next three weeks went viral as people feared being infected by necrotising fasciitis, or skin-eating disease.
The bacteria can destroy skin, fat and tissue covering the muscles.
The messages also advised people to see a doctor if they developed a fever after eating the killer fruit.
Especially bananas from KwaZulu-Natal province in neighbouring South Africa carried the virus, according to the hoax.
Banana sales in the capital Maputo fell sharply despite the fact that Mozambique does not import bananas from its neighbour.
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