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    Woman dies from drinking out of a soda can

    Think I'm joking? I wish I were. I just got this email from a family member. Pretty scary stuff...Made me glad that I'm trying to cut soda out of my diet entirely. I had no idea about how many germs a can of soda carries.
    I hope this doesn't stop potential owners from rescuing pet rats. They already have a bad enough reputation amongst uneducated people.

    Here's the email:

    Leptospirosis

    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.
    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.
    Rat urine contains toxic and deathly substances. It is highly recommended
    to thoroughly wash the upper part of soda cans before drinking out of them.
    The cans are typically stocked in warehouses and transported straight to the
    shops without being cleaned.
    A study at NYCU showed that the tops of soda cans are more contaminated
    than public toilets (i.e).. full of germs and bacteria. So wash them with
    water before putting them to the mouth to avoid any kind of fatal accident.

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    Re: Woman dies from drinking out of a soda can

    Mmmm. Leptospirosis Rat Urine flavored Coke, sounds yummy. I didn't know Coke came out with a new flavor.

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    Re: Woman dies from drinking out of a soda can

    Quote Originally Posted by voodoojoint
    Mmmm. Leptospirosis Rat Urine flavored Coke, sounds yummy. I didn't know Coke came out with a new flavor.
    Haha!
    Think it'll be a hit like that Lime-flavored Coke?

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    Re: Woman dies from drinking out of a soda can

    Quote Originally Posted by kat_0521
    Haha!
    Think it'll be a hit like that Lime-flavored Coke?
    Yes! People are dying to try it!

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    Re: Woman dies from drinking out of a soda can

    I'm going to check out snopes.com to see the truth of this. But it sounds disgusting...

    Read this page. They say it's false. That's all I know about it. Never heard of it before.

    http://www.snopes.com/toxins/raturine.asp

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    Re: Woman dies from drinking out of a soda can

    EWWWW! That is so gross! Oh, I had the coke with lime yesterday thinking it was regular coke. It tasted like there was some cleaner in it or something. It was terrible.

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    Re: Woman dies from drinking out of a soda can

    In food processing the real contamination threats are during processing, not after it's been packaged. They tend to keep things covered in tons of enviromently unsound plastic to avoid such problems. You are more likely to be a victim of human error in the recipe then the victim of rat urine poisioning.

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