Claim: News about swine flu cases in New Orleans has been suppressed to avoid interfering with attendance at Jazz Fest.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2009]
I just got this email from a friend of mine whose
“The secretary in my office spoke to her mother’s doctor this morning. He told her the following and urged her to pass this on to everyone she knows. She said this doctor is not normally the alarmist type but was very adamant about this. He is a doctor at East Jefferson Hospital, he said the following: There have been
His instructions are as follows: For the next
Origins: The above-quoted e-mail began circulating on Tuesday,
As Gina Swanson, a news reporter with WDSU-TV in New Orleans said of the item in her
alerting the public. We spoke with doctors here [at East Jefferson Hospital] this afternoon. They want to set the record straight — they say simply that’s not the case.”
“At our hospital, there’s no reported cases of swine flu. We’ve had one case a couple of days ago and another case about a week ago of
As East Jefferson Hospital said in its
As of 2 May 2009, the number of probable swine flu cases in the whole of Louisiana stood at 23.
Barbara “N(ew)O(rleans) truth to the rumor” Mikkelson
Last updated: 2 May 2009
Swanson, Gina. “Sorting Through Rumors.” WDSU-TV [New Orleans]. 29 April 2009. East Jefferson General Hospital Newsroom. “EJGH Updates the Community on Swine Flu.” 30 April 2009.