It had to happen: The Ebola Conspiracy Theories

August 3rd, 2014
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It happens periodically:  Ebola, a highly contagious and very deadly virus with horrific symptoms known as “flesh eating” has flared up in Africa.   This recent outbreak has been especially bad.   The virus is native to Africa and appears to survive in natural reservoirs such as bats or gorillas.  Periodically, it makes the jump to humans and that is where an outbreak occurs.

The only good news is that these outbreaks tend to be short-lived and the lives lost never total more than the hundreds.  Granted that’s a tragedy for everyone who loses their life, but the scale is small.   There are a number of reasons for this, including the generally rapid response to contain it.  But also, the nature of the virus makes it prone to brief outbreaks.   It does not have an extended incubation period and often kills its host quickly.  This makes it an inefficient virus when it comes to transmission, because it is the fact that many viruses have a long period when the host is apparently healthy that they are able to infect so many.

Well, it had to happen.   The conspiracy theories have started:  It was produced by the government, to depopulate the world or just out of evil.  It was caused by HAARP or chemtrails.  Yes, they are all out there and the anti-vaccine groups are getting in on the action.

Here is what the Australian Vaccination Network has to say:

With the current epidemic of Ebola, it is instructive to remember that
the first outbreaks of a Filovirus (Marburg which is nearly identical to Ebola and which causes clinically indistinguishable hemorrhagic disease) took place simultaneously in laboratories in Frankfurt, Marburg and Belgrade in 1967. These labs were all producing vaccines using (amongst other animals) African green monkeys.

Interestingly, though the outbreak was associated with the monkeys,
there is no known animal reservoir for either of these viruses -
humans appear to be their only victims. It seems that fruit bats can
spread the virus but they are not affected by it.

The Filoviruses also appear to be a strange combination of viruses
which have never before been seen in nature – much like the 2009 ‘swine-flu’ which the well-respected scientist, Adrian Gibb, said had to have been man-made. These viruses have strong structural & genetic similarities to both Rhabdoviruses & the Paramyxoviruses (both measles and mumps are paramyxoviruses) – and are novel or new – never having been seen before.

And again, the index cases were not in Africa but instead, were in European vaccine laboratories.

These facts have to lead a thinking person to ask the question – are these viruses man-made or do we believe that their sudden emergence simultaneously in three European vaccine labs is a mere coincidence?

People in parts of Africa affected by this outbreak are avoiding doctors like (pun intended) the plague and you have to think – do they know something that we don’t know?

There are so many conspiracy theory websites out there, it’s hard to even pick one to use as an example. But here’s a good one.

Via the Sky Alert:



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It should be noted that these wacky conspiracy theories ARE harmful. Many have managed to make their way to Africa, where locals have taken them seriously. Suspicious of outsiders and often prone to magical thinking, this has caused rumors that have lead to aid workers being evacuated.

Via the Mirror:


Ebola conspiracy theories spreading fast as outbreak travels round globe – was deadly virus created in laboratory?

Conspiracy theories about Ebola are spreading as fast as the killer virus itself.

And with no known cure or vaccine, its potential origins vary wildly from it being a CIA-manufactured weapon to a cover for “cannibalistic rituals.”

Angry crowds in Africa have also accused foreigners of bringing the virus into the country.

In April, the threat of violence forced Medecins Sans Frontieres to evacuate all its staff from a treatment centre in Guinea.

In Sierra Leone, which has the largest number of Ebola cases, thousands protested outside the country’s main Ebola treatment facility in the eastern city of Kenema, where police had to disperse the crowd with tear gas.

Reports say the demonstration was sparked by a rumour from a nearby market that the disease was a ruse used to justify “cannibalistic rituals” being carried out in the hospital.

UNICEF says rumours and denial are fuelling the spread of Ebola in Africa and putting even more lives at risk.

Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa says some people still deny that the disease is real. Others believe it doesn’t have to be treated.

If Ebola is a biological weapon, it’s a crappy one. As mentioned, it runs its coarse too rapidly to be transmitted widely. It also needs a host and does not survive in the environment (one reason why bacteria are better biological weapons than viruses.) Outbreaks are short and unpredictable. There is no cure or vaccine, which is an important consideration with biological warfare agents, since it is likely they will end up infecting friendly forces without such measures.


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21 Responses to “It had to happen: The Ebola Conspiracy Theories”

  1. 1
    DV82XL Says:

    And then there is this:

    Why We Are Not Scared Of The Ebola Virus


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    drbuzz0 Says:

    The last part is the best:
    “Not even 24 hours after posting this, people began to use our Facebook forum as a stomping grounds for rude, immature and childish bashing of the idea that essential oils could be effective against a virus like Ebola. Some demanded published studies showing that oils can do anything but give placebo effects or false hope for healing.”

    Good job facebook people


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    The Locke Says:

    Well… none of that is unexpected because wherever tragedy happens conspiracy theories are bound to follow.


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    WILLIAM Says:

    So at the end, you say that Ebola is a crappy biological weapon and then two sentences later say that it has no cure or vaccine. Hmm…sounds like the perfect weapon to me.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            WILLIAM said:

    So at the end, you say that Ebola is a crappy biological weapon and then two sentences later say that it has no cure or vaccine. Hmm…sounds like the perfect weapon to me.

    Um no. First of all there are other reasons, but every good biological weapon has vaccines and cures, because biology is impossible to control and **YOU** might contract it or your forces might.

    That is why anthrax, for example, is a good biological weapon. You attack your enemy. Then you occupy their land. Your troops are safe because you have vaccinated them and have a stockpile of antibiotics to supply early on if they contract it.

    Presumably your enemy forces don’t realize what happened until it is too late or they can’t get the antibiotics to the troops soon enough etc.


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    George Carty Says:

            drbuzz0 said:

    Um no. First of all there are other reasons, but every good biological weapon has vaccines and cures, because biology is impossible to control and **YOU** might contract it or your forces might.

    That is why anthrax, for example, is a good biological weapon. You attack your enemy. Then you occupy their land.

    Your troops are safe because you have vaccinated them and have a stockpile of antibiotics to supply early on if they contract it.

    Presumably your enemy forces don’t realize what happened until it is too late or they can’t get the antibiotics to the troops soon enough etc.

    That’s why ebola would be a poor military weapon. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a good terrorist weapon though…


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    NeuroLogica Blog » Ebola Pseudoscience Says:

    […] conspiracy theories about ebola are spreading faster than the virus. When anything bad happens in the world, conspiracy theorists […]


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    DV82XL Says:

            George Carty said:

    That’s why ebola would be a poor military weapon. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a good terrorist weapon though…

    Not really. It seems to depend on poor hygienic conditions to vector and thus would not make the sort of impact a terrorist is looking for.


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    Shafe Says:

    And, of course, the anti-Exceptionalist President Barack Obama (or, rather, his puppeteers) is compassionately bringing infected Americans home, so that an “accidental” domestic Ebola outbreak can bring the Imperial States of America down a peg on the world stage.

    … OK, fine … [/sarcasm]


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    drbuzz0 Says:

    I admit that it’s perfectly understandable that people would get concerned about the patients being transported back to the US, but I really don’t think it will be an issue. The disease requires body fluid contact (although not much fluid. A person coughing and giving a spray of saliva in the process is enough). The patients will be isolated with extreme measures taken.

    They are at Emory University Hospital, which has some of the best isolation in the world and works very closely with the nearby centers for disease control.


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    DV82XL Says:

    The scaremongering centers around one Canadian study that showed evidence of possible airborne transmission between swine and monkeys. However the researchers who did this work recognised that there were several major potential sources of error in their work:

    “Under conditions of the current study, transmission of ZEBOV could have occurred either by inhalation (of aerosol or larger droplets), and/or droplet inoculation of eyes and mucosal surfaces and/or by fomites due to droplets generated during the cleaning of the room.”

    At this point it becomes a matter of interpretation: transmission of an infection due to aerosoling of a body fluid is not what is generally meant by the term ‘airborne transmission’ in public health and disease control circles. To be infected by an aerosol is in fact direct contact for all intents and purposes. Furthermore this is no unknown risk or is it being hidden – the caregivers one sees on the news dressed in class II biohazard gear obviously understand this.


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    Sigivald Says:

            DV82XL said:

    And then there is this:

    Why We Are Not Scared Of The Ebola Virus

    Currently password-blocked, sadly.

    What did it say?


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    DV82XL Says:

            Sigivald said:

    Currently password-blocked, sadly.

    What did it say?

    Claimed their mix of cinnamon and oregano essential oils could cure Ebola.


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    Krigl Says:

    >Claimed their mix of cinnamon and oregano essential oils could cure Ebola.

    Hm, sounds nice, but it obviously couldn’t cure even their psychotic delusions…


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    Q Says:

            Krigl said:

    >Claimed their mix of cinnamon and oregano essential oils could cure Ebola.

    Hm, sounds nice, but it obviously couldn’t cure even their psychotic delusions…

    it might cure a bland dish. I’m not sure. Cinnamon is usually for sweet things and oregano is not. So could you mix them? Hmmp. It might work for some kind of pasta salad or maybe a kind of sweet and savory muffin or bread. It seems like it could be worth a shot.


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    ebohlman Says:

    Cinnamon is widely used in savory dishes in Middle Eastern and Greek cooking. My late mother’s family recipe for Greek turkey stuffing uses fairly massive quantities of cinnamon. It’s not at all sweet.


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    Virus And Cancer Killer Says:

    My Personal Virus and Cancer Killer is the only escape on Earth for mankind from any diseases – any infections, any cancers, diabetes and strokes – once and for all.


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    DV82XL Says:

            Virus And Cancer Killer said:

    My Personal Virus and Cancer Killer is the only escape on Earth for mankind from any diseases – any infections, any cancers, diabetes and strokes – once and for all.

    Must be Pink’s Medicinal Compound – good internally, externally, and on your favorite animals.


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    alex s. Says:

    It’s oh so easy to ridicule what you don’t like or understand. The author of this article has his head so far up his ass it’s no wonder he has no understanding of microbiology or pathology-lab created recombinant chimera viral bioweapons. People like this are bound to learn the hard way at some point. They will have a bad time.


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    DV82XL Says:

            alex s. said:

    It’s oh so easy to ridicule what you don’t like or understand .

    The irony is so thick you can cut it with a knife.

            alex s. said:

    The author of this article has his head so far up his ass it’s no wonder he has no understanding of microbiology or pathology-lab created recombinant chimera viral bioweapons. People like this are bound to learn the hard way at some point. They will have a bad time.

    On the contrary, most of the regulars here DO know what they are talking about, and after analyzing both the pathology and the epidemiology of this virus and the current outbreak we have come to the rational conclusion that this is not a weapon. Weaponized pathogens have a certain profile, and this one simply doesn’t follow any of the traits that would suggest it is, and if you read the article and the comments you would see why.


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    VirusCancerKiller Says:

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