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Beware! Don’t Take This Paracetamol, It Contains A Virus That Kills Faster Than HIV/AIDS

Recently, a message circulating on social media like Whats App and Facebook urging people to stay away from paracetamol has become viral.

Dr. Ishmael Seagal, a medical doctor from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York has taken upon himself to warn the general public about the dangers of paracetamol.

On his official Facebook page, he posted:

“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. It has a high mortality rate and the virus kills faster than HIV/AIDS. Please share the message, for all people and family. And save a life from them. I have done my part, now it’s up to you… remember, God loves those who help.”

Nevertheless, this doctor didn’t mention the origin of the drugs or where they could be found. He simply said his main concern was to warn the general public.

Due to the nature of the graphic image, the post was deleted later, but it still caused a controversy on social media.

The Machupo virus is known to cause Bolivian hemorrhagic fever, zoonotic disease. It also doesn’t have a cure and includes a significant mortality risk. It belongs in the Arenavirus group and currently, the virus can only be found in South America.

Experts say there haven’t been any cases of Machupo viruses in India. According to Dr. Kapur viruses can survive on tablets, but it’s still not clear how they can get into a production facility. Clinical experts believe viruses often aren’t able to survive long enough to cause illness.

Furthermore, Malaysia’s Health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah says, this virus, just like most viruses cannot live in dry environments such as in paracetamol tablets.

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