Kudos to The Associated Press for approaching what could have been an extremely trite vuvuzela-themed story and putting a different spin on it. As it turns out, it's not a feel-good story.

Those blaring -- some would say annoying -- horns may be doing more than spreading World Cup fever amongst fans in South Africa. With cold in flu season in full effect, the vuvuzelas could prove to be an effective method of spreading germs, said one London doctor.

Talk about Debbie Downer.

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"[Dr. Ruth] McNerney was involved in a recent study of eight healthy volunteers who blew the vuvuzela in order to measure what comes out at the other end. They found that tiny droplets which can carry flu and cold germs were formed at the bottom of a vuvuzela."

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Gross. Imagine enjoying a game -- maybe U.S.-England -- live in South Africa and feeling "tiny droplets" on the back of your neck for 90 minutes? World Cup fever! Catch it!

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