A message is getting viral on social media claiming that coconut oil can prevent dengue. The message is attributed to Dr. B. Sukumar of Sri Saisudha Hospital, Tirupati. The post has been uploaded by a Facebook page named “Time News International.”
A message is doing rounds on social media that reads: “This message is to inform you all that the dengue viral is going on. So please use coconut oil below your knees to your footsteps. It is an antibiotic. And a dengue viral can not fly higher than knees. So please keep this in mind & start using it. Spread this message to as much as you can. Your one message can save many life’s.” The message is attributed to Dr. B. Sukumar of Sri Saisudha Hospital.
Vishvas News started its investigation by contacting Dr. B. Sukumar from Sri Saisudha Hospital, Tirupati. We spoke to him regarding the message getting viral by his name. He said: “This message is fake. He has not given any such statement. This message is circulating since four years by his name. This is wrongly attributed to him. I have never written such letter or prescribed coconut oil for dengue.”
Vishvas News searched various reports online on the prevention of dengue.
As per World Health Organization, Dengue virus is transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti.
We contacted Dr. Sajeev Kumar, who is a general physician. He said that: “coconut oil for dengue is no cure to prevent dengue.”
As per the US National Library of Medicine, Virgin coconut oil does have some antimicrobial properties but there are no randomized controlled trials that have proven its efficacy in active infection.
There are no scientific evidences that support coconut oil can prevent dengue.
We scanned the social profile of the Facebook page Time News International that shared the post. The page was created on February 12, 2016 and has 346,903 followers so far.
Post claiming coconut oil can prevent dengue is fake. Dr. B. Sukumar has not prescribed coconut oil for dengue prevention as claimed in the viral post.
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