A colleague has received an email from the Community Resuscitation Officer Kent Ambulance Headquarters. It reads as follows: Page Subject: Please Pass on Quickly Friends, This message is serious and > has been passed to us from Cheshire RFU. Could you please cascade as > quickly as possible as this came > through our NHS web page. > > For your information: a couple of weeks ago, in the odeon Cinema, Festival > Park, a person sat on something sharp in one of the seats. When she stood > up to see what it was, a needle was found poking through the seat with an > attached note saying, "you have been infected with > HIV". > > The Centres for Disease Control in Birmingham, reports similar events have > taken place in several other cities recently. ALL of the needles tested > HAVE been found positive for HIV. > The CDC also reports that needles have been found in the coin return areas > of payphones and coke machines. Everyone is asked to use extreme caution > when confronted with these types of situations. All public chairs should be > thoroughly but safely inspected prior to any use. A > thorough visual inspection is considered the bare minimum. > > Furthermore, they ask that everyone notify their family members and friends > of the potential dangers, as well. The previous information was sent from > hanley police station to all of the local councils in the Staffs area and > was interdepartmentally dispersed. We were all asked to pass this to as > many people as possible. Do the members think this is genuine or a spoof.