FACT CHECK: Daily Caller claims lack of vaccines is causing a return of polio to Venezuela … but so far the grand total is just ONE patient

Thursday, June 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Vicki Batts
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Venezuela’s crumbling socialized healthcare system has been making headlines as the government has struggled to dole out the funds being demanded for vaccines. Propagandists are already inciting outrage, claiming that low vaccination rates in the South American nation will lead to epidemics of disease. In a recent piece that smacks of pro-vaccine fake news, The Daily Caller claimed that a lack of vaccines was causing polio to return in Venezuela, but is that really true?

A single child from the Venezuelan state of Delta Amacuro has displayed one symptom of polio, according to reports. More importantly, however, is the fact that this alleged case of polio has not been officially confirmed, according to a statement from the World Health Organization. “[A]n acute flaccid paralysis case is currently being investigated,” the WHO told CNN.

“Final results are expected over the coming weeks. Acute flaccid paralysis is caused by a number of different causalities, poliovirus being just one of them,” the WHO explained in their statement.

Acute flaccid paralysis is a common symptom of polio; it’s described as the sudden onset of weakness or loss of mobility in any part of the body in children under age 15. But, as the WHO contends, until lab testing is completed and the results are in it’s too early to know if this child has polio or another condition.

In other words, all these vaccine-happy media outlets are jumping the gun, inciting fear and outrage for no reason. The notion that this child has been afflicted with a not-yet-determined illness because they weren’t vaccinated is fear-mongering at its finest. The Daily Caller, it seems, is pushing pro-vaccine fake news just like the corporate-run media.

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