Ebola Caused by Red Cross Shots? More Conspiracy Theories Emerge

October 15, 2014 Updated: October 15, 2014    

A rumor is going around saying that Ebola was caused by the Red Cross for “depopulation.”

It was published on conspiracy website JimStoneFreelance.com and The Event Chronicle, which says the “virus does not exist” and is “not spread.”

“The Red Cross has brought a disease to 4 specific countries for 4 specific reasons and it is only contracted by those who receive treatments and injections from the Red Cross. That is why Liberians and Nigerians have begun kicking the Red Cross out of their countries and reporting in the news the truth,” the conspiracy reads.

It adds that the reason for the spread is to get “troops on the ground” in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Liberia because of Nigerian old and “Sierra Leone is the World’s Largest Supplier of Diamonds.”

“If Ebola really was spread from person to person, instead of controlled spread through vaccination – then WHY would the CDC and the US Government continue to allow flights in and out of these countries with absolutely no regulation, Or At All?” the article says.

The claims were published on number of blogs and other websites, including gossip site MediaTakeOut.

However, the whole thing seems highly unlikely. The first known outbreak was in 1976 in South Sudan (formerly part of Sudan).

The outbreak killed 151 people. Later, a second outbreak killed others in the Congo.

After that, another outbreak occurred in 1995 in the Congo, killing 254.

Here’s an AP update on the US cases:

Nurse with Ebola arrives in Atlanta for treatment
ATLANTA (AP) — A second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola was transferred Wednesday from Texas to a specialized hospital isolation unit in Atlanta that has already treated three Americans with the virus.

Helicopter footage from local television stations showed 29-year-old Amber Joy Vinson leaving a jet and being helped into an ambulance Wednesday night. A police motorcade escorted the ambulance as it traveled to Emory University Hospital.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which had been treating Vinson, confirmed her arrival in a tweet.

Vinson was one of the nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at the Dallas hospital last week of the Ebola virus. Another of Duncan’s nurses, Nina Pham, is also being treated for Ebola at the Texas hospital and was in “improved condition” Wednesday, said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, an American doctor undergoing treatment for Ebola said he had been critically ill but is now recovering and expects to be discharged soon from Emory University Hospital.

The unidentified patient — a doctor working for the World Health organization at an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone — arrived at the hospital on Sept. 9. He said in a statement released by Emory that his condition worsened soon after he arrived but he is now much better.

The doctor is one of three American aid workers brought to Emory from West Africa; the other two recovered. Emory and three other U.S. hospitals have specialized isolation units to care for Ebola with less risk of spread to health care workers.

The WHO doctor had asked Emory to release the news about his improved condition following reports of the two recently infected Texas nurses. But he did not give his name, and hospital officials have refused to identify him, citing the wishes of the patient and his family.