- This was forwarded to me so I wanted to pass it along. I do not know if it
is true or not but wanted to give everybody a heads up.
I know some of feed bananas to animals and for what it is worth,
a good friend of ours (who is a nurse) sent this to me. He says
that he personally made contact with the center for
Disease Control in Atlanta and they confirmed that the report was valid.
(Note: I have not confirmed this myself) So with a certain degree of
caution, I am sharing the following with you.
Subj: Contaminated Bananas
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 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
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 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 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
"Conservation Through Captive Propagation"
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- Hello All, this came to me this morning. It seems the banana warning was a
hoax. Oh well like I said I did not verify it I was simply passing along a
warning I received. When it comes to our animals I would rather be cautious
rather than sorry. Anyway if you will go to the below URL it explains every