HIV rumour

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The Independent Online
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Farmers and fruit-sellers countered rumours that the market had been flooded with oranges injected with HIV-infected blood after red-fleshed tomango oranges appeared on stalls in the Eastern Cape, AP reports from Johannesburg. It was said they were soaked with blood containing the HIV virus, which causes Aids. The Citrus Fruit Board said they were left in cold storage too long, turning the flesh red.