Happy Birthday, It's Flu!

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POSTED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:09pm

Serving a birthday cake to your party guests is an easy way of giving everyone the flu or a cold. Darwin Singleton reports.

(WPMI) Cake. It's sweet and delicious, and part of almost any celebration, especially birthdays. But how quickly that celebration could sour if your guests found out what you're really serving. Viruses! Bacteria! Maybe even the cold and flu! On cake? Well not usually, but there is a way viruses, like the flu, can make the jump to your birthday party.

"It's as simple as blowing out the candles," says Dr. Bert Eichold of the Mobile County Health Dept. "Especially during flu season, you light the candles on the cake and everybody sings happy birthday, and then the one individual who is celebrating his birthday blows on the cake and blows the candles out," he said.

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