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Yahoo! News Twitter hack claims Atlanta Ebola outbreak
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Yahoo! News Twitter hack claims Atlanta Ebola outbreak

Yahoo! News Twitter hack claims Atlanta Ebola outbreak
Photo Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC
SECOND EBOLA VICTIM COMES TO EMORY--August, 5, 2014 Atlanta: Medical workers roll patient, Nancy Writebol into Emory University Hospital. The second American aid worker infected with Ebola arrived Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Atlanta. Nancy Writebol arrived in a chartered jet at Dobbins Air Reserve Base and was then taken in an ambulance to Emory University Hospital. She was taken from the ambulance by gurney and rolled into the hospital by suited medical personnel. Three days earlier, Dr. Kent Brantly, also diagnosed with the virus, arrived at Emory walked from the ambulance. The two patients are being treated in an isolation unit. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

Yahoo! News Twitter hack claims Atlanta Ebola outbreak

It was the kind of news to make your blood run cold — for a second at least.

“BREAKING: EBOLA OUTBREAK IN ATLANTA!” screamed the first line from Yahoo! News’ Twitter feed. “Estimated 145 people infected so far since Doctors carrying the disease were flown in from Africa.”

The tweet went out at 4:41 p.m. ET Sunday and disappeared about 20 minutes later, but not before it was retweeted hundreds of times. Few of those commenting on the tweet appeared to believe it, chalking it up to a more common ailment — the dreaded Twitter hack.

"Change your password," one commenter replied.

The tweet played on fears related to two Americans infected with Ebola who are in treatment at Emory University Hospital. Public health officials have insisted the patients pose no risk to the public and have gone to some lengths to explain how the disease is transmitted.

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That could be why Emory Healthcare spokesman Vincent Dollard greeted the news of the errant tweet with a sigh.

“Wow,” he said.

Dollard confirmed that the disease remained firmly contained and that the public should have no reason to be concerned about the treatment of the two patients.

Officials with Yahoo! in Santa Monica, California, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the company’s news account did address “an unauthorized tweet with misinformation on Ebola” and encouraged followers to “disregard that tweet.”

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