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InfoWars and other widespread lies about migrants who brought Ebola to the United States. Officials confirm that they are lying / Boing Boing



Trump-oriented extremists are busily spreading disinformation about "immigrants bring Ebola to the US" this week. The conspiracy, compounded by Alex Jones of Infowars, Gateway Pundit and other legal scholars, is "blatantly false".

"The unfounded rumors that asylum seekers crossing the southern border have been infected with the Ebola virus have met with so much approval. This week Texas officials held a press conference to dispel the fake reports," writes Buzzfeed News reporter Salvador Hernandez:

For days, rumors about Congolese people infected with the potentially deadly virus have been circulating in the social media for prominent conservative, right-wing and white superior figures, and officials from the city of San Antonio on Tuesday misjudged the misinformation After unfounded reports were posted on the websites of the conspiracy theory Infowars and Gateway Pundit, they suggested that Ebola-infected immigrants roamed the streets of the city.

"This is a bit too much noise" About Nothing " said Colleen Bridger, Deputy City Manager and director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. "Any rumors that carry Ebola or are threatened by Ebola are obviously wrong."

Approximately 250 family units seeking asylum from Central Africa have crossed the border near San Antonio since June 4, Bridger said, including Congolese and Angolan migrants. Neither of them showed any signs of the virus or was made aware of the virus during their health checks, she said.

The rumor spread quickly on Monday after Alex Jones' own outlet in the headline "US Cities Overwhelmed With Numbers" claimed illegal migrants from Ebola-affected countries.

An Infowars reporter also went to a temporary immigration home at the San Antonio Resource Center to investigate rumors about the virus, and the Infowars reporter turned on the camera at the shelter at a request from the center's officials removed after plunging into a "Kerfuffle," Bridger said.

Right-wing extremists claim that immigrants brought Ebola to the United States. Officials say that is "obviously wrong". [buzzfeednews.com]

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