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October 14th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Dangers of Ebola myths and misconceptions

(CNN) – Ebola is not airborne, but misinformation about it sure is.

Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, the state that houses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Marietta Daily Journal that the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health told him: "... water kills the Ebola virus ... her advice was 'wash your hands.'"

That's not right. Chlorine kills Ebola. Bleach. Not water alone. Not ever.

Then there was R&B singer Chris Brown who sent a tweet to his 13.7 million followers on Monday: "I don't know ... But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. Sh*t is getting crazy bruh."

Actually, Chris, the only crazy thing going on is people pushing nonsensical conspiracy theories like that one, bruh.

Speaking of wild conspiracy theories, conservative talk radio host Michael Savage, who has one of the biggest radio audiences in the country, has even been suggesting that this is all some Obama plot to purposely infect America

"There is not a sane reason to bring infected children into a nation other than to infect the nation. There is not a sane reason to take 3,000 or 4,000 troops and send them into a hot Ebola zone without expecting at least one of them to come back with Ebola unless you want to infect the nation with Ebola. Do you understand what I'm saying to you? Do you have any idea what this rises to? It rises to level of treason."

It's hard to even know where to start with that one. The idea that the President wants to infect soldiers and then Americans is so unhinged we should probably not dignify it with fact checking.

These theories are – as of now – not impacting the health community's response to treat Ebola here. Unfortunately, in Africa, misinformation has affected the spread of the virus.

"The disease continues to expand geographically. There are more districts, counties, and prefectures that actually have disease than there would've been a month ago," said Bruce Aylward, with the World Health Organization.

Unicef reports that in Nigeria many think Ebola doesn't even exist.

The city of Lagos in Nigeria has even appointed a "rumor manager" to knock down untruths. Health workers in Liberia are combating the belief that you are immune if you kiss a person who has died from the virus.

Controlling the deadly virus has been a global struggle, controlling the misinformation has been nearly impossible.

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