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Locals from the Irish village of Ringaskiddy claim Viagra plant fumes are giving their men constant erections -- Representational image Getty

Residents from a tiny Irish village claim that the fumes from a nearby Viagra manufacturing unit have been giving local men – and even their canines – enormous sexual powers.

Pharmaceutical major Pfizer has been producing the erectile dysfunction drug in Ringaskiddy, a village in County Cork, Ireland since 1997.

Sadie O'Grady, one of the local residents, says men in the village have not had "problems in that department" because of the fumes that radiate through the town.

"I'm a flirtatious woman, a lot of us are. You just have to have a spark, that's all. There's a lovely man waiting down the road for me", the woman added.

O'Grady's daughter, Barmaid Debbie told The Sunday Times: "One whiff and you're stiff. We've been getting the love fumes for years now, for free."

Interestingly, it's not just men in the village who are reaping the benefits of the fumes. According to psychiatric nurse Fiona Toomey, who returned to the village after spending five years in America, her dogs "walk around in a state of sexual excitement".

She said: "I think that Viagra must have got into the water supply. I'm convinced that's what happened at the very beginning before they were so closely regulated."

However, Pfizer in a statement has said that it is nothing more than an "amusing myth".

"Our manufacturing processes have always been highly sophisticated as well as highly regulated."

Meanwhile, Viagra will only be available in pharmacies in the UK from spring 2018. Viagra is so far considered to be the only erectile dysfunction medication to be reclassified from "prescription only medicine" to "pharmacy" status in Britain.