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Deadly Virus Phone rumors Frighten Afghans

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 16, 2007 in World
A deadly virus rumor among mobile phone users spreads like wildfire in Afghanistan.
Last week Pakistan had rumors spreading among mobile users, who received messages that they could die of a deadly virus being transmitted via their phones. And the mobile companies were inundated with calls from a number of mobile phone users. Same thing is happening in neighboring Afghanistan, similar message saying that a deadly virus was being spread by mobile phone calls.
Because of this rumor, many Afghan mobile users called their friends and family, warning them not to answer calls from strange phone numbers. Some people said they had heard that several people had been killed by the mystery Virus in Kabul and many believed that story.
So, the Afghan Government officials from various departments, interior, communication and health ministries appeared on television want to quell all this rumor and anxieties. The Officials told the Afghan viewers not to believe this rumor and also they are baseless with no proof to their story.
It will be difficult for the authorities to trace who started this prank call. Researchers are doing some studies to see whether the phone use is causing cancer, some say it is and some others say it isn't, but doubt it will cause any virus by just a random phone call. Since the phones now are able to browse the web and send and receive e-mails, may get viruses to affect the phone but not the person.
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