Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dale Calls Rokita Out on Ebola Fear-Mongering

Todd Rokita is fear-mongering by suggesting that the 245 immigrant children being temporarily housed in Indiana may be bringing the Ebola virus into the state, a preposterous claim for which there is no factual justification. His Democratic opponent in the 2014 elections, John Dale has rightly called him out on the tactic: ""His comments were to inflame the public and divide the nation. The purpose of this is to rile people up and get them in a panic."

Reporting from Maureen Groppe reports the following:

The nonpartisan fact-checking site PolitiFact.com investigated the claim and reported that the CDC and independent epidemiologists say there's "zero evidence that these migrants are carrying the virus to the border."

The CDC has received no reports of a human Ebola infection in the Western Hemisphere, according to PolitiFact.com.

The site quoted Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center, as saying that anyone with the virus would be too sick to make it to the U.S. border on foot.

Read Groppe's article from the J&C here.