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African Hair Eating Bug

Ripley's Believe It Or Not


A Mysterious hair-eating disease that ate a Victorian man's hair may have been carried by a Spandex worm, authorities say.


The Spandex worm, a native of Australia, is used to produce the fine, elastic material used in figure hugging Spandex.


The Easter Suburbs man, 40, who would only be identified by the first letter of his name, D, has had a big chunk removed from on top of his noggin to stop the hair-eating Bug from spreading.


"I could have lost my goatee, not to mention the, eh-hum, curly hairs," said D.


"I am speaking out because the public should know about this."


Victoria's Chief Health Officer Dr Robert Hall said yesterday there were indications an African Hair Eating Bug bite might have caused the mysterious hair problem.


Dr Hall said the infectious diseases unit was "following that up".


Spandex worm-borne diseases have increased dramatically in the past five weeks in Victoria with the onset of Spring.


(Not sure why it's called an African Hair Eating Bug when it's native to Australia - Ed)

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Taken on October 26, 2008