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FAKE-NEWS - 'Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People'


Outline

Report circulating via social media claims that the CDC has released a statement noting that a trial vaccine for the Ebola virus only works on people with white skin.

Fake News Story
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Brief Analysis

The message is nonsense. The CDC has made no such statement. The report comes from the fake-news 'satirical' website TheNewsNerd. Stories published on TheNewsNerd should not be taken seriously.

Example

CDC Says Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People The Center of Disease Control, which is headquartered in Atlanta, has released a statement saying the trial vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus will only work on those with white skin.

Fake Ebola Report

Detailed Analysis

Report Claims Trial Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People

According to a report currently travelling via social media, the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has issued a statement acknowledging that a new trial vaccine to combat the deadly Ebola virus only works on white people.

Supposedly, during a trial in which 200 people were given the vaccine, it proved to be only effective for those with white skin.

The report has caused angst and outrage and has given racist trolls ammunition to spread their hateful doctrines.

Report is False - Comes from Fake-News Website TheNewsNerd

However, the claims in the report are nonsense. The CDC has made no such statement.

Moreover, in a legitimate statement published on its website, the CDC notes that an experimental treatment for Ebola being developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc has not yet been tested on humans for safety or effectiveness. Several other possible Ebola treatments are currently being researched with some human trials already started or due to start next year.

But, of course, there are no credible reports that support the article's claim that any of the new treatments will only work on people with white skin.

In fact, the report is an extremely poor taste - and decidedly inept - attempt at satirical humour that comes courtesy of the fake-news website TheNewsNerd. The site considers itself satirical and includes the following disclaimer in the footer of its pages:
The stories posted on TheNewsNerd are for entertainment purposes only. The stories may mimic articles found in the headlines, but rest assured they are purely satirical.
The fake report uses an image stolen from earlier news stories about the Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Rather tellingly, the bogus report does not even manage to get the name of the CDC correct, referring to it as the 'Center of Disease Control' rather than the 'Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'.

Always Verify Social Media 'News' Before Sharing

In recent years, more and more of these fake-news websites have appeared online. Although they claim to be satirical, the stream of drivelling nonsense churned out by these sites is hardly deserving of the satire tag. It is a good idea to check the truth of any 'news' reports that come your way via social media. A quick search of a news aggregator service such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating story has any truth to it.



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Last updated: September 26, 2014
First published: September 26, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Questions and Answers on Experimental Treatments and Vaccines for Ebola
Inovio, GeneOne to Advance Ebola Vaccine to Human Trials
CDC Says Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People
Ebola virus has killed more than 70 people in Guinea
Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites