Yes, we have no bananas in NW Arkansas

In what seems to be an Onion-worthy announcement, I received an email from the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Friday. It was captioned “Very Important.”* It seems the Chamber has confirmed that the world is round that there is no, repeat, no outbreak of leprosy around here. Whew. We can all go back to our normal lives. Maybe practice our duck and cover techniques.

In unrelated news, my brother says there is an outbreak of whooping cough in his area.  Or at least, there are two cases he knows of.

*Text of the Chamber’s message:

Promoting a Strong Business Climate in Fayetteville, Arkansas

An Important Message!

Dear Chamber Members:

You may be aware of a media report that is suggesting there has been an outbreak of leprosy in Springdale. This is not true.

The Springdale Chamber has been in touch this morning with Governor Mike Beebe, Congressman John Boozman, the Center for Disease Control and the Washington County Health Department. Each of these entities are fully engaged and are reporting to us that there is no “outbreak” of leprosy in Springdale or Northwest Arkansas.

In fact, the Washington County Health Department explains nothing has changed in the number of known cases of communicable diseases in Northwest Arkansas in the past year.

Please help us in our effort to diffuse this non-factual story with the accurate details of the Springdale Chamber’s research from this morning. 
Copyright © 2003-2008 Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “Yes, we have no bananas in NW Arkansas”

  1. Amalie says:


    I hadn’t heard that one. Guess that’s what I get for not watching the local news.

  2. Jennifer says:

    TOO funny! I would have rolled out of my chair if I got that email! Good thing they are on top of things like that in Fayetteville. You never know what will happen next.

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