A warning message about a “new killer insect” that spreads a deadly skin-disfiguring virus infection through skin contact has gone viral online. But the warning, which has been circulated widely online, causing panic among susceptible social media users, is a hoax.
The hoax warning, accompanied by alarming images, the stuff of a hypochondriac’s nightmares, appears to have emerged on social media in January 2016.
It claims the emergence of a “new killer insect” that spreads a gruesomely disfiguring skin condition.
The purveyors of the online hoax display a photo of an insect, with a warning to viewers to never touch any creepy-crawly that looks remotely like the insect because touching it or attempting to kill it with bare hands infects with a deadly virus that spreads to the rest of the body in a matter of minutes.
The message is also accompanied by a skin-crawling sensation-inducing image of a human hand supposedly infected with the mysterious virus through contact with the “new insect killer.”
The dreadfully diseased-looking human hand is covered with multiple holes supposedly caused by the virus infection.
Most viewers would immediately notice the striking similarity between the disfigured palm and structures on the back of the “new killer insect” that supposedly spreads the deadly viral infection.
Shown in the image above is a male giant water bug carrying on its back eggs laid by its female partner. The female typically lays its eggs on the back or wings of the male who carries the eggs around for protection until they hatch.
And giant water bugs do not transmit any known deadly virus diseases to humans. They are also not known to be harmful to humans, although if disturbed they may nip at humans, thus the name “toe-biters.” See more info below: