Nutty

The BBC reports of warnings of “nut allergy ‘hysteria'”.
“Measures to protect children with nut allergies are becoming increasingly absurd and hysterical, say experts.
“A peanut on the floor of a US school bus recently led to evacuation and decontamination for fear it might have affected the 10-year-old passengers.”
Did that really happen? That’s crazy. Also, “the number of US schools declaring themselves to be entirely “nut free” – banning staples like peanut butter, homemade baked goods and any foods without detailed ingredient labels – was rising, despite clear evidence that such restrictions were unnecessary.
“School entrances have signs admonishing visitors to wash their hands before entry to avoid [nut] contamination.”
“He said these responses were extreme and had many of the hallmarks of mass psychogenic illness (MPI), previously known as epidemic hysteria.”
Read the BBC article.
Has this come about from education by the media and/or the internet? Or has a simple idea become mythical and monstrous within communities? It’s very strange.
Sorry about the title; I couldn’t resist it.