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Third Graders in Kansas Test Positive for Ebola-Fiction!

Third Graders in Kansas Test Positive for Ebola-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Reports claim that seven third graders from Kansas tested positive for Ebola after a substitute teacher exposed their classroom to the virus. 
 

The Truth:

The website NY Meta posted a fake story that claimed seven grade school children from Kansas had tested positive for Ebola after a substitute teacher who recently spent two weeks in Monrovia, West Africa, exposed them to the virus. The false report was quickly shared nearly 20,000 times on Facebook.

The website’s disclaimer states that it’s an entertainment website that publishes satirical stories. 

Olathe Public Schools Unified School District addressed the eRumor in a statement posted on its website on October 27, 2014.

“Recently a fabricated web story has been brought to our attention that states that cases of Ebola have surfaced in an Olathe elementary school. This story is completely false. No cases of Ebola have been confirmed or even suspected in Olathe schools, or in the city of Olathe,” the district said.

Posted 10/28/14