Infected Bananas hoax

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I've had a few queries about the infected bananas email chain letter that is 
going around now.

The CDC has a web page denying the existance of infected bananas.

Tim Morken, B.A., EMT(MSA), HTL(ASCP)
Infectious Disease Pathology
Centers for Disease Control
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333


Phone: (404) 639-3964
FAX:  (404)639-3043

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Subject: Fwd: Infected Bananas
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 16:33:54 -0600 (CST)

Mr. Morken is this true?

 >Infected Bananas
 >FROM THE CDC. (Center for Disease Control In Atlanta, Georgia)
 >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 nextthree
 >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 fi6m~ necrotizing fasciitis is very painful and eats two
 >three centimeters of flesh per hour. Amputation is likely, death
 >is possible.. If you are more than an hour from a medical center burning,
 >cutting 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 nationwide panic. They have secretly admitted
 >that they feel upwards -20 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.
 >Manheim Research Institute
 >Center for Disease Control
 >Atlanta Georgia
 >JNP 000 12a7.5la5. 637b-
 >Encl-forwarded message
 >2 of 3
 >2/21/00 2:00 PM

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