#BBCtrending: ‘Flesh-eating disease’ prophecy causes panic

  • 28 February 2014

Panic spread on social media in the Philippines when a TV report misleadingly uncovered a "flesh-eating skin disease" and then linked it to a prophecy made by an Indian holy man.

The Philippines Department of Health has told the BBC that there is no "flesh-eating" bacteria epidemic in Pangasinan province and claims to the contrary are a "hoax". But fear about a plague there has spread through social media, using the Twitter hashtag #PrayForPangasinan.

Mukul Devichand of BBC Trending has been investigating the truth behind the hashtag.

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