Fact Check: Is Paracetamol Contain 'Machupo' Virus?

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Viral Message: Be careful not to take the paracetamol that comes written P / 500. It is a new, very white and shiny paracetamol, doctors prove to contain Machupo virus.

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The "Machupo Virus in the P / 500 Paracetamol"

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Be careful not to take the paracetamol that comes written P / 500. It is a new, very white and shiny paracetamol, doctors prove to contain Machupo virus, considered one of the most dangerous viruses in the world. And with high mortality rate. Please share this message, for all people and family. And save life from them ….. I’ve done my part, now it’s your turn … remember that God helps those who help.

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A viral message circulating in social media like Whats App and facebook urging people to stay away from paracetamol, “Be careful not to take the paracetamol that comes written P/500. It is a new, very white and shiny paracetamol, doctors prove to contain ‘Machupo’ virus, considered one of the most dangerous viruses in the world. And with high mortality rate.”

The Machupo virus causes Bolivian haemorrhagic fever, zoonotic disease, that is spread by a mouse species indigenous to Bolivia. It does not have a cure and carries a significant risk of mortality.

Experts say there have been no cases of Machupo viruses recorded in India. “If the message were true, there would have been outbreak in India of a massive scale given the paracetam Though Dr. Kapur says viruses can survive on tablets, it is a question how they can get into a production facility. Clinical experts say viruses often do not survive long enough to cause illness.

“A virus needs a host to survive and multiply. Many of them do not survive for long outside their native host,” said infectious disease specialist Suneetha Nareddy

Paracetamol consumption here,” said Suman Kapur, professor at BITS Pilani’s Hyderabad campus.

Public health officials in Malaysia shot the rumors as well, reiterating that viruses typically cannot survive the pill-making process:

Malaysia’s Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, just like most viruses, the Machupo cannot live in dry environments such as in paracetamol tablets.

“The Machupo virus is categorised in the Arenavirus group which could cause haemorrhagic fever. At the moment, the virus can only be found in South America.

“It is spread through the urine or faeces of infected rodents,” he said in a statement today.

Noor Hisham said the ministry had not received any reports regarding paracetamol contamination from authorities in manufacturing countries or any other country so far.

In short this is another example of spam news which is misleading people.

 



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