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.
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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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The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Islamabad clarifies that NO case of Monkeypox, has yet been diagnosed in Pakistan. The news circulating on social media about monkeypox cases is incorrect.— NIH Pakistan (@NIH_Pakistan) May 24, 2022
The situation is being closely monitored by the health authorities.#monkeypox
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.|
|Content||Social media posts.|
|Degree||The 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.|