“Patient Zero” still in critical condition …
Perhaps a classic case of bad journalism or perhaps a case of runaway social media, more than likely equal parts of both, a reputable newspaper (according to the BBC) in the West African country of Liberia is reporting that at least two victims of the Ebola virus have risen from the dead. Two separate American-based but Chinese-centered news portals; The Epoch Times on Oct. 1, 2014, and NTD.tv on Sept. 30, 2014 (see video), both report that two deceased Liberian women managed to arise from the dead in rural Nimba County.
No pun intended, but the once the rumor of the walking dead hit the internet, it ended up taking on a life of its own. The All Africa Global Media news site, The Mirror of London, and the US-based Breitbart.com portal have all made note the report coming out of Liberia. According to reports, many of the locals are now in a state of panic due to the late Dorris Quoi, cited only as being in her 40s, and the second victim identified only as Ma Kebeh, reportedly in her late 60s, were about to be taken to their respective burials when they arose from the dead.
Like most wild rumors, there is a grain of truth amid the heap of outrageous claims. Liberia is the starting point for Thomas Eric Duncan (aka: “Patient Zero”) who is currently listed in serious condition after being diagnosed positive for the Ebola virus at Dallas’ Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Quarantined away from the general public, Duncan’s chance of survival is usually no better than forty percent, but medical conventional wisdom adheres to the notion that due to the vast improvement is sanitary conditions, Duncan’s prognosis is markedly better than back home in his native Liberia.