The Flesh Eating Bananas Hoax

Most people who like fruit love the taste of bananas, but should you be careful of what you eat?

The latest email to hit my inbox suggests that bananas from Costa Rica can be bad for your health as they are infected with a flesh eating bacteria, known as ‘Necrotising Fasciltis’.

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This disease has killed the local monkey population.. will you be the next victim?

Several shipments of bananas from Costa Rica have been infected with necrotizing fasciltis, 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 scientist 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 of people you care about as possible as we do not feel 15,000 people is an acceptable number.

If you believe that.. you’ll believe anything! It is of course, an email hoax!

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. This email hoax is making another turn. This time they have changed the country.

    please don’t eat bananas for the next 3 weeks
    >>
    >> Several deliveries of bananas from uvongo kwa-zulu natal south afica have
    >>been infected with necrotizing fasciltis, otherwise known as flesh eating
    >>bacteria. Recently this disease has decimated the monkey population in the
    >>south coast. 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 one of south africas largest exports. 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!!! 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!!!

  2. This specific hoax says bananas from Costa Rica are infected with bacteria that can devour human flesh at two to three centimeters per hour. It adds that if we get infected you should burn your flesh ahead of the infected area, which is also ridiculous.

  3. And orange zombies and apple bombs and carrot murderers… Yeah…

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