The plague forcing the city of Carrollton, Texas, to go under quarantine is fake news. There is no truth to a report that Carrollton is now under quarantine as a result of the plague.
Where did this fake news originate? React365 published the fake news article reporting that the plague has taken over Carrollton and forced it under quarantine. You can read the hoax below.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a level 2 travel alert for Carroll County. “No vaccine is available to prevent plague. But travelers can take steps to prevent plague, and plague can be prevented with antibiotics,” the CDC said.
Travelers to Carrollton should stay away from sick or dead animals and keep their distance from sick people, especially people who are coughing.
“Travelers who have had close contact with people with plague should immediately notify a health care provider. They may need to take antibiotics to prevent plague,” the CDC added.
Parents are urged to keep sick children out of school tomorrow. “Our only concern is for the children that are still healthy” remarked School Superintendent David Quattrochi, “the sick ones, no comment”.
Reporter: Malcome Holcomb
However, there is no truth to the above story, according to Hoax Alert.
The image used actually comes from the U.S. Army’s hazmat division in Presidio of Monterey, which is more than a thousand miles away in California. Despite being a prank, the story does include real information in that David Quattrochi is the real superintendent in several Carrollton schools.
Additionally, there is no actual reports of the plague inflicting Carrollton.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
The Plague Has Carrollton Under Quarantine https://t.co/dTsvG5s9IH
— Dennis Garner (@dennisgarner912) November 8, 2017
— Vaccination Trends (@Vaccinizer) November 8, 2017
— Animal Trends (@Animalolizer) November 8, 2017
React365 is a prank website in which it allows its users to submit their own headline, description and photo to create realistic looking prank news articles. In fact, users do not even need to upload their own image as there is a search function that will pull an appropriate image from Google image search.
What did you think of the fake news that the plague has Carrollton under quarantine? Did you believe the fake news or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.