Disinfo: 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
  • Outlet language(s) Czech
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Keywords: Mainstream media, Migration crisis
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