With the U.S. on high alert for the appearance of Ebola, the news has pulled over to the side of the road every time someone shows up at the emergency room with Ebola-like symptoms.
But given that only Thomas Eric Duncan and the two health care workers he infected have thus far actually tested positive for the virus, the Associated Press is being cautious with how it reports suspected cases of Ebola, lest the coverage distort the actual spread of the virus.
The news organization wrote on its blog this weekend:
The AP has exercised caution in reporting these cases and will continue to do so.
Most of these suspected cases turn out to be negative. Our bureaus monitor them, but we have not been moving stories or imagery simply because a doctor suspects Ebola and routine precautions are taken while the patient is tested. To report such a case, we look for a solid source saying Ebola is suspected and some sense the case has caused serious disruption or reaction. Are buildings being closed and substantial numbers of people being evacuated or isolated? Is a plane being diverted? Is the suspected case closely related to another, confirmed Ebola case?
[h/t New Republic]
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