Amid outbreak of monkeypox virus a news went viral claiming 2 cases were detected in Lahore, Pakistan. The post got the attention of many and was shared multiple times across social media platforms in Pakistan. 

Pregnant women, children on the hit list

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Fact Check

In order to check the claim, we searched for keywords “nih pakistan monkeypox”. NIH is the National Institutes of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan. The institute is an autonomous body of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, mainly responsible for biomedical and health related research along with vaccine manufacturing.

Keyword search revealed that Pakistan has not reported monkeypox virus yet.

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NIH also denied the rumors of detected cases on their official twitter account.

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Our fact-check confirmed that the pictures shared are not of monkeypox virus, they were shared in a false context, spreading fear among the general public. 

ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis 

Actor Independent accounts on Facebook and pages are involved in spreading disinformation on social media. 
Behavior The false news of the first case of monkeypox was reported in Pakistan.
ContentSocial media posts. 
DegreeThe content is being spread to misinform people; the target audience of the news was the general public of Pakistan and misinformation was mainly spread on Facebook.  
Effect The National Institute of Health has confirmed that no case is reported in Pakistan yet. The news is being circulated to mislead the masses and create panic.