Yet another of those warning- but this one wont melt your harddrive or steal your data

  SparkyJack 11:30 31 Jul 2012

It came very wordy complete with illustrations- so this is an edited text. As the title suggested - it is not about the computer but Us- You and Me.

Those that like to Snopes stuff - tell me if Leptospirosis.strong text weils disieseit is true or not

Drink Cans

This incident happened recently in North Texas . A woman went boating one Sunday taking with her some cans of coke which she put into the refrigerator of the boat. You and Me. On Monday she was taken to the hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. She died on Wednesday.

The autopsy concluded she died of Leptospirosis. This was traced to the can of coke she drank from, not using a glass. Tests showed that the can was infected by dried rat urine and hence the disease Leptospirosis. A study at NYCU showed that the tops of all soda cans are more contaminated than public toilets (i.e.). full of germs The cans are typically stocked in warehouses and transported straight to the shops without being cleaned. It is highly recommended to thoroughly wash the upper part of all soda cans before drinking out of them.

  Forum Editor 12:58 31 Jul 2012

TheLeptospirosis information centre (American) says:-

"Leptospira require constant immersion in water to survive, and so drying of the surface for any length of time would permanently kill the bacteria. Given that drinking containers are non-porous, surface moisture dries very quickly and cannot possibly contaminate the contents."

I wonder what you do if you want to temporarily kill the bacteria?

  Al94 14:57 31 Jul 2012

It is possible to temporarily "kill" the bacteria.

As leptospires do not have a waterproof membrane they must remain immersed in water to survive, and so are killed immediately their environment dries out unless they are intentionally prepared (they can for example be freeze-dried). The inability to survive out of water is the single most important control factor in the natural environment, as it means they are unable to create infection risks from dry surfaces.

  morddwyd 15:54 31 Jul 2012

If I passed you a bottle to share you would probably automatically give the neck a cursory wipe, but you'd quite happily drink straight from a bottle or can that had been in a mouse, rat or cockroach infested cellar for three weeks!

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