Workers at Mastercard, PayPal and Visa have all developed Hacking coughs after getting damp from leaking radiators.
'We shall get everything back to normal in no time' said a PayPal manager through a crackling line, interspersed by frightful hacking coughs.
However the contagion is threatening to spread further with the Swedish Government and Banks in Switerland also developing the dread symptoms.
A Hacking Cough researcher explained that the germs for this type of cough could travel through the air at tremendous speed and were difficult to combat. However he thought 'in time' the Hacking Cough syndrome would run out of steam.
It seems that the germs flying through the atmosphere is a phenomenon which has only become known in recent years. It has even been classed as a form of germ warfare.
If you get the symptoms of a Hacking Cough make sure you call your doctor immediately, otherwise you could be wiped out completely.