Deadly Fever  


Deadly Fever
Fernwood Basics | October 20, 2021 | 135 pages
ISBN: 9781552663417

Focusing on a 2001 Canadian news story that turned into a frantic rumor mill, this study analyses how media reporting on health issues often alarms the public, particularly when the race or immigration status of the sufferers is part of the coverage. In this case, a woman from the Congo was admitted to a hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, with a serious illness of unknown origin. Even though it was quickly determined that she did not carry the deadly Ebola virus, conjectures still spread through the Canadian media.