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Fake-News Story Claims Millions of Turkeys Recalled Due to Avian Virus


Outline

Circulating report claims that millions of Thanksgiving turkeys have been recalled by the CDC because of concerns that they may harbour an avian virus that has developed the ability to move from birds to humans.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the message are nonsense. No such recall has taken place and the CDC has not issued any statement about the virus described. The story comes from the fake-news website National Report, which claims to be satirical. Nothing published on National Report has any credibility and its material should not be taken seriously.

Example

Millions of Thanksgiving Turkeys Recalled: Is Your Family Safe?

<National Report> The CDC has confirmed that millions of turkeys have been recalled due to safety concerns over an avian virus that the birds may be harboring. The virus is related to human influenza virus but was thought to lack the ability to infect humans. However, it appears that the virus has recently developed the ability to move from bird hosts into humans. The results could be disastrous.

Detailed Analysis

Story Claims Millions of Turkeys Recalled Due to Virus Concerns

According to a report going viral via social media, the CDC has recalled millions of Thanksgiving turkeys because of concerns that they may harbour an avian virus.

Supposedly, the virus has recently developed the ability to transfer from birds to humans, an outcome that could have dire consequences for the human population.  The report claims that the virus is similar to the 1918 flu virus that killed millions of people.

To support its claims, the story cites a seemingly scientific website called the Wyoming Institute of Technology (WIT). It also features a 24-hour Turkey Safety Hotline number that people who have bought a turkey can call to get more information about the supposed virus threat.

Story is Nonsense - Comes from Fake-News Site National Report

Thankfully, however, the story is utter nonsense. There has been no such turkey recall and the CDC has not issued any statements about an avian virus outbreak among turkeys. And there are no credible reports that support the claims in the story.

The story comes from the fake-news website National Report. National Report apparently considers itself satirical although it is certainly not deserving of that label. In fact, the material published on the site is nothing more than drivel disguised as news.   Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.

Furthermore, the Wyoming Institute of Technology is not a real entity but rather another 'satire' site used by National Report to attempt to back up its spurious claims. As with National Report itself, nothing published on WIT has any credibility whatsoever.

And, calling the supposed Turkey Safety Hotline actually connects people to the notorious Westboro Baptist Church.

Wise to Verify 'News' Reports Before Sharing

With more and more fake-news sites appearing online, it is wise to verify any 'news' items that come your way before you share them with others. Usually, doing a search via a news aggregator such as Google News will quickly reveal if a story has any credence.

Of course, if the turkey recall story was true, mainstream news outlets around the world would have extensively covered it and there would be official government and health organization warnings about the threat.




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Last updated: November 24, 2014
First published: November 24, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
'Millions of Thanksgiving Turkeys Recalled Due to Avian Flu' Fake News Story Goes Viral
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