This hoax is another in a long line of fake warning hoaxes. It is yet another hoax that exploits peoples fears of seemingly plausible dangers. Here's the most common version of this hoax:
Subject: CDC HEALTH DANGER WARNING
Please forward to everyone you love!!
The is VALIDATED 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
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
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
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 Atlanta Georgia
The above language that says: 'Please forward this to...' should be a clear tip-off that this is a hoax. If you see such language in a warning, you don't need to check further. In this case, (like many) the hoax claims to be 'validated by the CDC', so you can get further assurance that this is a hoax by checking this out directly. But PLEASE do not telephone or email potentially innocent individuals (especially, if you see language to forward or pass on the email); some hoaxes have caused innocent individuals to be swamped.