Killer banana rumour grips China
Producers say the rumour has caused big financial losses
A rumour spread by text message has badly hit the price of bananas from China’s Hainan island, state media say. The messages claim the fruit contains viruses similar to Sars, the severe respiratory illness which has killed hundreds of people worldwide.
Producers in Hainan say the resulting price slump is costing them up to 20 million yuan ($US2.6m) a day.
China’s Agriculture Ministry has dismissed the Sars claim as baseless. Police are investigating its source.
“It is utterly a rumour,” a Chinese Health Ministry official was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
“There has not been a case in the world in which humans have contracted a plant virus, and there is not any scientific evidence.” (READ MORE)
Now … regarding that last sentence… Did we not have people dropping like flies a few months back from contracting E. coli from spinach? And weren’t we told that we couldn’t wash it off? Indicating that the virus was “in” the plant… And when did E. coli or SARS become “plant” viruses?