Tags: , , ,

Flesh Eating Banana Fears ‘Shock’ Mozambique

By:
12/02/2021 09:01 PM ET

Flesh Eating Banana Fears - Flesh-eating yellow and green bananas in Mozambique have sparked a plummet in the sale of the fruit amid fears, prompting the health minister Friday to reassure people of its safety and the hoax.

“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.

Flesh-eating bacteria syndrome, is a rare infection of the deeper layers of skin and subcutaneous tissues, easily spreading across the fascial plane within the subcutaneous tissue. Such infections are more likely to occur in people with compromised immune systems

Banana sales in the capital Maputo fell sharply despite the fact that Mozambique does not import bananas from its neighbour.

In a separate statement South Africa’s agriculture ministry denounced the messages as a hoax. It strongly advised against burning the skin around the supposed infection, as suggested in the message.

Follow UsSocial

FacebookAdd our Facebook page to receive updates and participate in new tools and features. It's a great way to stay connected with all the latest news.

TwitterReceive daily bite-sized updates by following us on Twitter. Receive Tweet-sized 140-character updates on your mobile phone device or PC.

RSSSubscribe to our daily RSS feed to get the latest national news stories. We offer a feed for every topic including business, entertainment, health, politics, science & technology, travel and more.

Odd News