Barbados denies social media rumours that boy contracted HIV from pineapple

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados health authorities have dismissed as untrue a report on social media that a 10-year-old boy was infected with the HIV virus after eating pineapple purchased from a vendor who was himself infected.

The report on the WhatsApp platform alleges that the vendor had a cut on his finger and blood was transferred to the fruit while he was cutting it. The child became sick immediately after ingesting the fruit.

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