‘Please ensure that you and your family and all your neighbours bath with hot water and salt before daybreak today because of Ebola virus which is spreading through the air.’
I laughed at the BC because as a Final Year student of Microbiology, Having a Good Grade in Virology, I sure knew it was a false information.
Thinking of the Health implication of High salt intake and trying to debunk the rumour, I suddenly got an Email from someone (who pleaded I keep her email Anynomous) saying she started the Ebola- Salt Prank yesterday evening and saying she has posted it her apology on nairaland and begged me to help her publish the Story and share with more bloggers before people put their health at risk due to High Salt intake.
The Message read Thus;
In conclusion, salt has no known effect as a cure for Ebola, your best best is to observe high personal hygiene so as not to be infected, PRAY OFTEN,Wash your hands often, and this includes constant usage of sanitisers.I Started The Saltwater Ebola Cure Rumor I Truely Am Sorry.My confession and apologyDear Sir everyone who have heard of the ebola Prevention “News”, My name is Adesuwa, I am coming out clean because what started has a joke has escalated into the unprecedented.Yesterday i was with friend in her hostel, we were talking about this Ebola out break, when one of my friends, Funke (she introduced me to nairaland) brought the idea of Us playing a prank on our friends. The first suggestion was to tell people that aloe vera could cure Ebola, but we thought it would sound too ridiculous so we forgot about it.Later that even an idea came to me (i now regret that i did it).I decided to send a BBM broadcast message to my friends, telling them that the Ministry of Health has asked everyone to bathe with salt and warm water and drink some of it.I sent the message 7:08pm yesterdayLater this midnight i started getting calls and messages that i should drink salt water and bath with it.All efforts to tell people that i was the one who started the joke failed. Only my friends who i mentioned earlier believed me. Even my mum called me this morning to bath with Salt water, i did not know what to tell her.I am using this medium to beg you all to warn and tell everyone, before they drink salt and damage their health.Please dont be hash on me. I know this has gone out of hand. I never knew it will be this serious. Some have even added to the original message i sent.
Avoid crowds, people who look sick and tell your friends and family to do the same.
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