AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Healthcare Professionals said Tuesday there are no "suspected or confirmed cases" of Ebola in the state as social media posts have been falsely proposed in the wake of immigrants coming from Africa, including Congo, where an outbreak in has exceeded 2,000 cases.
🚨 🚨 🚨. @WeBuildtheWall was only informed from a second highly trusted source that out of 150 Africans who have recently come here at least 10 tested positive for # ebola . Think what you want, but these are people who know the facts because they work along the side.
̵1; Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) June 6, 2019
The false claims, from there, are an Ebola "Outbreak" in Texas for reports of a few confirmed cases having circulated since April. The erroneous claims are also spreading at a time when border patrol officials said that last week there has been a "dramatic" increase in the number of immigrants arriving at the Texas border from African countries, even though they remain a small part of the total number of migrants  "We have no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola right now in Texas," said Lara Anton, spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are also unaware of any Ebola cases nationwide, said spokesman Benjamin Haynes.
Texas Gov Greg Abbott also adds his voice. On Monday, the Republican governor repeated that the state was working on "health security". He also linked an April news story that lost Ebolas rumors in the border town of Laredo. He later responded to a couple of tweets surrounding the Ebola fears in Texas and referring them to his earlier posts.
"In addition to border security, my office works with health safety. The Department of State Health Services oversees immigration sites to protect against infectious diseases. Meanwhile, Congress must secure the border and prevent a health risk," Abbott tweeted .
In addition to border security, my office works with health safety.
The State Department of Health Care monitors immigration sites to protect against infectious disease.
Meanwhile, Congress must secure the border and prevent a health risk. https://t.co/u8jjWqLsTG
– Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 11, 2019
Border Patrol officials say more than 500 immigrants from Africa have come through the Del Rio sector since May 30, one little of the more than 33,000 total anxiety that the sector has reported so far this year. Officials say the African families are not only from the Democratic Republic of Congo – where the Ebola outbreak has taken hold – but also the Republic of Congo and Angola.
Last week, San Antonio officials released the French language volunteer to help with the expected arrival of Congolese immigrants.
An Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo has killed more than 1,300 people since August and is the second deadliest in history.