Matt Drudge is hyping a thinly sourced report on Alex Jones’ InfoWars website claiming that U.S. health officials are covering up more Ebola cases than have been reported.
So far, four confirmed cases of the deadly virus have been reported in the U.S., including three related to a single patient in Texas.
The InfoWars report, which warns that government authorities were “disappearing patients” to prevent hysteria, are based on the anecdotal claims of a single osteopath in Missouri that even reporter Paul Joseph Watson doesn’t fully trust.
“It is important to note that none of these potential Ebola outbreaks occurred at the clinics in which Lawrenzi works,” Watson points out.
Lawrenzi, who operates two family health clinics in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, based his claims on an alleged conversation with an unidentified doctor who worked at Truman Lakewood Medical Center downtown.
This doctor, Lawrenzi claims, told him a man who had recently returned from West Africa arrived showed up at the hospital with a high fever and bleeding from all of his orifices.
But, Lawrenzi claims the doctor told him, the next day he apparently left the hospital against medical advice – which the physician said would have been impossible for the patient to do on his own in the condition he was in.
“The day after the patient disappeared, a meeting was called for anyone who had contact with the patient,” InfoWars reported. “Doctors and other medical workers were told that the patient had malaria. Lawrenzi also revealed that drug reps from within the area warned over additional possible Ebola cases in the area.”
Lawrenzi told InfoWars that another possible Ebola patient was admitted the following day at Research Medical Center in Kansas City – but he, too, quickly disappeared, and “hospital bosses” claimed he had typhoid.
“These patients are disappearing, they’re doing something with the patients and God knows where they’re going,” the unidentified doctor allegedly told Lawrenzi, according to InfoWars.
Jones, who interviewed Lawrenzi on his radio program, said the osteopath’s claims matched those made by “a major medical doctor that I know personally,” although the conspiracy theorist offered no additional details other than to mention this physician was “shaking with fear.”
The osteopath speculated that officials from the Centers for Disease Control were hiding the patients to prevent hysteria, although they apparently engaged in no attempts to suppress reports of additional cases – even when details of their response provoked strong criticism.
Lawrenzi urged InfoWars readers to avoid places where crowds gathered, because the situation was “much more serious than they’re letting on.”
“When flu season hits, people are going to be coming into the hospital for flu or Ebola, they’re not going to know what they have,” Lawrenzi warned. “It’s going to be a nightmare; every doctor I’ve spoken with is terrified of this fall.”
The osteopath claims workers at his own clinics have been told not to use the word “Ebola,” just as reports have claimed 911 dispatchers in New York have been ordered to do while talking on public airwave, although InfoWars did not specify who made the directive to Lawrenzi’s employees.
Lawrenzi also claims the private Hospital Corporation of America removed protective gear from its hospitals without replacing the items, which the osteopath speculated was to prevent the public from seeing workers dressed in it.
The claims were widely shared within hours across conservative and conspiracy theory clearinghouse sites, with no additional sources.
“They’re preparing for something” Lawrenzi told InfoWars, speculating that the Obama administration planned to impose martial law or completely take over the medical system.
Watch Alex Jones interview James Lawrenzi in this video posted online by TheAlexJonesChannel: