Monday, July 3, 2006

AIDS through pineapple

There's no doubt that street hawkers sell some of the greatest food.
But, something has to give. These hawkers handle food with their
bare hands. Do they pose health risks?

The true story below tells of AIDS transmission through food,
in this case, a fruit. It happened locally.


A 10-year old boy, had eaten pineapple about 15 days back,
and fell sick, from the day he had eaten. Later when he had
his health check done, doctors diagnosed that he had AIDS.

His parents couldn't believe it. Then the entire family
underwent a check-up... none of them suffered from Aids.
So the doctors checked again with the boy if he had eaten out.
The boy had pineapple that evening.

Immediately a group from the local hospital went to the pineapple
vendor to check. They found the pineapple seller had a cut on
his finger while cutting the pineapple - his blood had spread
into the fruit.

When they had his blood checked, the guy was suffering from AIDS,
but he himself was NOT aware. Unfortunately, the boy is suffering
from it now.

15 comments:

  1. Is this true? I thought AIDS is not transmitted that way...

    Outrageously sad.

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  2. How can this be true?

    Pineapple contain high concentration of citric acid and is anti-viral.

    Wait all the sliced fruit seller come and slice u, then u know.. hhehehe

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  3. Agus, Robin, I found it incredible too but apparently, the info is from a reliable source (I took out the hospital name). But then again, the pineapple juice would have killed the virus as what you said, Robin. Also, how soon can the virus be detected once infected? Baffling, this one. There must be more to it.

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  4. Poor unlucky boy.

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  5. Even eating is a risk from known and unknown diseases...so try cooking own meals.

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  6. Sorry, Happy!
    This is just one version of an e-mail hoax that has been going around since last April. Depending on the version, the infected boy was eating either a pineapple, a burger (from an infected onion), or panipuri, but the rest of the story is more or less the same thing. Actually, the story is not only lacking in any kind of verifiable details, but it shows ignorance of the difference between AIDS and the HIV virus. Relax. It's a load of crap.

    More details here.

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  7. phew!! fortunately this is a hoax
    as far as i know, pineapple only AIDS digestion :)

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  8. that pineapple seller oso quite cham...

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  9. Golly, MM, thanks for pointing that out. Why do people do such things? Which reminds me of the guy who appeared everywhere after the 911 incident. Do you remember that guy? He was like all over the world, like almost everywhere. Jeez.

    Everybody, thank you for your thoughts and comments.

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  10. good old MM.. the hoax breaker!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Something like the ghost-buster?! haha..

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  12. HI Readers,

    This stuff is just a Hoax, know it by urself, just refer to this link:
    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/food/pineapple.asp

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  13. Deepak, thank you for stopping by and pointing us to the link.

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  14. A 10 year old boy, had eaten pineapple about 15 days back, and fell sick, from the day he had eaten. Later when he had his Health check done… doctors diagnosed that he had AIDS.

    His parents couldn’t believe it…Then the entire family under went a checkup…. none of them suffered from Aids. So the doctors checked again with the boy if he had eaten out…The boy said “yes”. He had pineapple that evening. Immediately a group from Mallya hospital went to the pineapple vendor to check.
    They found the pineapple seller had a cut on his finger while cutting the pineapple; his blood had spread into the fruit.

    When they had his blood checked…the guy was suffering from AIDS…but he himself was NOT aware. Unfortunately the boy is suffering from it now.
    Please take care while u eat on the road side particularly tasty vada pav (Paani Puri) and pls fwd this mail to your dear one’s..

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