False Internet Report About Necrotizing Fasciitis
Associated with Bananas
January 28, 2000
The bacteria which most commonly cause necrotizing
fasciitis frequently live in the human body.
The usual route of transmission for these
bacteria is from person to person. Sometimes,
they can be transmitted in foods, but this
would be an unlikely cause for necrotizing
fasciitis. The Federal Department of Agriculture
(FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
agree that the bacteria cannot survive long
on the surface of a banana.
For information about necrotizing fasciitis,
check out the CDC's website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/#G. Look under "Group A Streptococcus"
which is the most common cause of necrotizing
fasciitis. Or, call (404) 371-5375.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Monday, March 6, 2000
Contact: CDC, Division of Media Relations