Migrants, not birds, brought West Nile Fever to the Czech Republic

Summary

Mainstream media are wrong in reporting that West Nile Fever, several cases of which have occurred in the Czech Republic recently, has been brought in by birds. An expert presents an alternative version claiming that the virus was brought in by migrants from Africa.

Disproof

West Nile fever is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and whose reservoir includes wild birds and mosquitoes. Actually, person-to-person transmission of West Nile fever has not been reported. ecdc.europa.eu/en/west-nile-fever/facts/factsheet-about-west-nile-fever, Furthermore, the "expert" in question teaches programming at a university in Prague. He is also a vocal critic of censorship on the internet, as well as of migrants from Muslim countries. There is no information available as to his expertise in epidemiology and contagious diseases. The article builds on a narrative that migrants are dangerous and contagious.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 114
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/06/2018
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Keywords: Mainstream media, Migration crisis
  • Outlet: Parlamentní listy
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Disproof

No evidence given. According to the German-Czech Future Fund, the organisation helps to build bridges between Germans and Czechs. It specifically promotes projects that bring together the people of both countries and provide insights into the common culture and history of the two countries. www.fondbudoucnosti.cz/de/uber-uns/uber-uns/,

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Disproof

No evidence given, conspiracy theory about the secret plan. Net neutrality has been approved by the EU in April 2016. eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2015.310.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2015:310:TOC,

ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/open-internet-net-neutrality,

The anti-Babiš demonstrations were financed by George Soros

The demonstrations against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš held on 5 June 2018 were organised by an association supported by George Soros’ Open Society Fund.

Disproof

Recurring theme blaming George Soros for everything euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Soros&disinfo_issue=&date=,

The event was organised by a civic association Milion chvilek pro demokracii (A Million Moments for Democracy), which is financed by various contributors through a transparent bank account. See debunk here (in Czech): manipulatori.cz/hoax-demonstraci-proti-babisovi-platila-osf-george-sorose/, .