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Fact Check: Images showing new killer insect spreading virus in humans is fake

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Quick Take

A post is doing rounds on social media warning people about a “new killer insect” that transmits virus in humans who come in direct contact with it. THIP Fact Checking Team investigated about the post and found it to be fake.

The Claim

A post containing several images is getting viral on social media. The caption of the post reads:

If you ever see this Insect, please don’t try to kill it with your bare hands or touch it, this insect spreads virus to the place of bodily contact and circulates the entire human system in minutes, it was first sighted in India.”

Verdict

The Claim is fake.

Investigation

THIP started its investigation by performing the reverse image search of each image.

Fake-News-Water-Bug-Deadly-Insect

The reverse image search of the first image showing a hand with holes reveals that it was first shared on a Youtube video. The video titled “Trypophobia hand tutorial” shows how to create small holes on the hands using wax and gum.

We then performed the reverse image search of the second image showing infected finger tip. Upon investigation we found that it has been circulating online claiming to show the effects of excessive computer use. The image was created by merging the photograph of fingers with the image of lamprey mouth.

The reverse image search of the third image shows it is a real picture of a giant water bug, a creature that is found in North America, South Africa, and India and is harmless to humans. According to the UK College of Agriculture, Food and environment, water bugs inject a mild poison into the prey that they capture, but they are not dangerous to humans as claimed in the viral post.

Giant-Water-Bug-Real-Image

Conclusion

A post warning people about a “new killer insect” that transmits virus in humans who come in direct contact with it is fake.

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