St. Petersburg, Florida -- The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa has raised concerns about it spreading here in the U.S.
A blog post is fueling the fire by spreading fear about who can be detained if they have an illness. The blog post comes from a conspiracy website Infowars.com and it claims that President Obama will detain people with a respiratory illness.
Here's what the post said:
"United States officials brought an affected patient into the country only days after President Obama signed an executive order mandating the detention of Americans who show signs of 'respiratory illness'."
It goes on to say the executive order - "mandates the apprehension and detention of Americans who merely show signs of 'respiratory illness.'"
PunditFact checks a conspiracy website on whether the government can detain people for having a respiratory illness.
There was an executive order issued from President Obama on July 31, but after that, there's no more accuracy in the blog post.
Let's break this down: First, fact-checkers note the Ebola patients were not brought back to the country by the government, but rather in a private jet chartered by the religious charities they were working for in Liberia. Second, they looked at what exactly the executive order says.
"It does not mandate the quarantine of people who show signs of respiratory illness, it just allows health officials to do that. But moreover, Obama isn't doing something wild here, he's updating a 2003 executive order from George W Bush that was more centered on SARS outbreak," says Katie Sanders with PunditFact.
Because the update of the executive order isn't aimed at Ebola and only affects people entering the country or crossing state lines, PunditFact rates this claim, PANTS ON FIRE.
It's also important to note the Ebola virus is not a respiratory illness and the mandate does not include things like the flu.
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