Are people being quarantined at the Burning Man 2023 festival because of an Ebola outbreak?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : There Is An Ebola Outbreak At Burning Man 2023!
Messages claiming that there is an Ebola outbreak at the Burning Man 2023 festival have gone viral on social media.
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We are getting reports that there has been a confirmed Ebola Outbreak on the ground at The Burning Man Festival in Nevada.
Attendees have been told to shelter in place allegedly due to all of the flooding, and one attendee has been pronounced dead without a cause of death given.
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Truth : There Is No Ebola Outbreak At Burning Man 2023!
This appears to be another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on Twitter, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Burning Man Closed To Traffic
First, let me just give you a quick summary of what’s going on at the Burning Man 2023 festival.
The 2023 Burning Man festival started on Sunday, August 27, 2023. However, it was suddenly hit by heavy rainfall on Friday, September 1. Several months of rainfall inundated the area that day.
The heavy rainfall flooded the playa and turned the ground into ankle-deep mud. It quickly became impossible to drive any vehicles on the muck. Even worse – it continued to rain and drizzle over the next few days.
As a result, the organisers closed all roads leading into and out of the Burning Man area, and told attendees to conserve food, water and fuel.
The gate and airport in and out of Black Rock City remain closed. Ingress and egress are halted until further notice.
No driving is permitted except emergency vehicles. If you are in [Black Rock City], conserve food and water, and shelter in a warm space.
More updates to come. Stay safe!
Fact #2 : There Was No Quarantine At Burning Man
Even though the roads in and out of Burning Man were closed, and people were told to shelter in place, there never was a quarantine. That’s because there is no outbreak of any disease, Ebola or otherwise.
People who wanted to leave the Burning Man festival could still do so. They just had to hike their way through the thick mud.
While some 72,000 people remained on site, quite a number of people hiked their way out. DJ Diplo and Chris Rock, for example, managed to hitchhike a ride on the back of a pickup truck after hiking out.
Just walked five miles in the mud out of Burning Man with Chris Rock and a fan picked us up.
If there really was an Ebola outbreak at Burning Man, there would have been a strict quarantine, and no one would have been allowed to simply walk out of the area.
People at the Black Rock Desert site also would not be allowed to socialise. Yet, people there continue to gather and socialise.
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Fact #3 : Burning Man Organisers Dismissed Ebola Claims
On Sunday, 3 September 2023, the Burning Man organisers issued a press release dismissing the rumours of an Ebola outbreak:
The online rumors of transmissible illnesses in Black Rock City are unfounded and untrue.
Fact #4 : Bureau of Land Management Dismissed Ebola Claims
The Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the Black Rock Desert site, also issued a statement, dismissing the rumours of an Ebola outbreak at Burning Man 2023.
[We] can confirm the event entrance was closed for the year because unusual rainfall caused muddy conditions where there was a full stop on vehicles, and not for an Ebola outbreak. We have heard no information of any participants with Ebola.
Fact #5 : Burning Man Death Still Under Investigation
The claims of an Ebola outbreak at Burning Man 2023 was also partly fuelled by reports that a man died there.
On Friday, 1 September 2023, a man died at the Burning Man festival, which was confirmed by the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office the next day.
On Sunday, 3 September, Burning Man confirmed confirmed the death in a press release, stating that the cause was “unrelated to the weather”.
Our emergency services department reached a call for service extremely quickly for a male, approximately 40 years old, and could not resuscitate the patient.
The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the death, and has not announced the man’s cause of death. However, that does not mean that it was Ebola. Obviously, if it was Ebola, the area would have been placed under strict quarantine!
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Fact #6 : Burning Man Attendees May Get To Leave By Today
Burning Man attendees who were caught knee-deep in the mud may get to leave by today – Monday, 4 September 2023.
The organisers earlier said that “the roads in Black Rock City remain too wet and muddy to officially open them for Exodus on Sunday 9/3.”
They now say that they “expect to start Exodus on Monday morning 9/4 as long as the conditions improve“.
Obviously, this is only possible because there is no Ebola outbreak, and the ground is drying up enough to support the movement of vehicles!
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