Is the story about flesh eating bananas true — or is it an urban legend or hoax?
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
Editors Note: No worries. It’s still safe to eat your bananas.