Fake News Failure: 25 Diseases Named After Places Or People

Disease Eradication 2880 Lede While Liberals and the fake news media obsess over calling Republicans racist for using the term “Wuhan virus,” the practice of naming a new disease after a population or the site of its first major outbreak is actually pretty commonplace. Liberal fake news media want you to think referring to Covid-19 as the "Wuhan" or "Chinese" virus is racist. Did we mention it? FAKE NEWS!!
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While Liberals and the fake news media obsess over calling Republicans racist for using the term “Wuhan virus,” the practice of naming a new disease after a population or the site of its first major outbreak is actually pretty commonplace. Liberal fake news media want you to think referring to Covid-19 as the “Wuhan” or “Chinese” virus is racist. Did we mention it? FAKE NEWS!!

Fake News!

We remember the media calling it the Wuhan Virus constantly until they finally came up with a name for it. Here’s a little refresher below.

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Chinese virus is racist. Wuhan virus is racist. We know it’s fake news, Yet that’s exactly what the media was calling it for months on end. Below, you’ll find a YUGE list of diseases named after people or places.

25 diseases named after people or places (but “Chinese Virus is racist”):

25.Poland Syndrome

Poland Syndrome is a birth defect characterized by an underdeveloped chest muscle and short webbed fingers on one side of the body.[3][1] Short ribs, less fat, and breast and nipple abnormalities may also occur on that sideIt is named after Alfred Poland who described the condition when he was a student in 1841.

24. Hodgkin lymphoma

Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) is a type of lymphoma in which cancer originates from a specific type of white blood cells called lymphocytes . It was named after the English physician Thomas Hodgkin, who first described the condition in 1832.

23. Huntington’s disease

Huntington’s chorea, is an inherited disorder that results in the death of brain cells. The condition was described in further detail in 1872 by American physician George Huntington. Woody Guthrie inherited the disease from his mother.

22. Tourette syndrome

Named for French physician Georges Albert Édouard Brutus Gilles de la Tourette . Tourette’s as it si sometimes called, involves uncontrollable tics (repetetive movements) or blurting out offensive words.

21. Carrion disease

Peruvian medical student Daniel Alcides Carrión inoculated himself with Bartonella bacilliformis in 1885 to prove the link to this disease, characterized by “Oroya fever.” He is now regarded as a national hero.

20. Rickettsiosis

In 1906, Howard Taylor Ricketts discovered that the bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is carried by a tick. He injected himself with the pathogen to study it further.

19. Thomsen’s disease

Thomsen’s disease causes problems with the muscles in the body. It doesn’t shrink them or cause them to atrophy however, it causes them to grow larger and stronger. It was described by Julius Thomsen about himself and his family members.

18. Lou Gehrig’s disease

New York Yankees playerLou Gehrig wasn’t the first diagnosis of the disease, but his prominence in culture led to the then little-known becoming known by his name.

17. Norovirus

Norovirus is a very contagious disease that causes vomiting and diarrhea. It was named after an outbreak was discovered in Norwalk, Ohio in 1968.

16. Marburg Virus Disease

Marburg Virus disease was first seen in two large outbreaks in Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany, and in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1967. It causes haemorrhagic fever and has a fatality ratio of up to 88%. It is in the same family of viruses that cause Ebola.

15. Ross River Fever

Named after a mosquito found to cause the disease in the Ross River of Queensland, Australia by the 1960s. It causes flu-like symptoms and polyarthritis.

14. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Another tick-borne illness which kills up to 5% of people infected, even with treatment. It was named after the mountain range in Idaho where it was first discovered in 1896. It’s transmitted to humans by dog ticks and wood ticks. Symptoms include sudden fever, headache, muscle pain, and rash.

13. Guinea Worm

Guinea worm infections occur when a person drinks water contaminated by water fleas that have been infected with guinea worm larvae. There are no initial symptoms, but approximately one year after exposure, painful blisters show on the skin, usually on the legs. The blister bursts and the worm comes out of the body over the next few weeks. The disease was named by explorers in the 1600s that observed the disease off the Guinea coast of West Africa.

12. West Nile Virus

Discovered in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937, the West Nile Virus can cause encephalitis or meningitis (serious infections of the brain). The virus can also cause the brain or spinal cord to swell and block the flow of blood to the brain, leading to a coma, paralysis, or death.

11. Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever

Discovered in the 1940s in Omsk, Russia. Some people with OHF recover within 2 weeks with no complications. However, others experience a second episode of symptoms, including fever and encephalitis, about 3 weeks after the initial onset of symptoms. In up to 3% of people with OHF, the infection is fatal.[1]

10. Valley Fever

Named after a 1930s outbreak San Joaquin Valley of California,  Valley Fever is a fungal infection caused by coccidioides organisms, and can cause fever, chest pain and coughing.

9. Lyme Disease

A large outbreak in Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut in the 1970s inspired the name of this disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection passed to humans by the bite of an infected tick. At the first onset of the desease, mild symptoms like rash, fever, headache and fatigue occur. If left untreatef, the infection can affect the body’s joints, heart, and nervous system. Lyme can cause Parkinson’s disease.

Lyme disease is making a comeback, but not in the way you think. Many famous people have come out about the disease.

  • Justin Bieber. announced his battle with the disease in 2020
  • Yolanda Hadid from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  • Shania Twain
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Tom Seaver
  • Debbie Gibson – was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2013
  • Kelly Osbourne
  • Amy Tan
  • Ben Stiller – He mentioned that he got it in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and that doctors initially had trouble giving him a diagnosis.
  • Irene McGee from MTV’s The Real World.
  • Richard Gere
  • Ally Hilfiger
  • Peter Sarsgaard
  • Daryl Hall
  • Neneh Cherry
  • Parker Posey
  • George W. Bush – In 2007, a report from George W. Bush’s medical examination revealed that he had been treated for Lyme disease.
  • Alice Walker
  • Christy Turlington
  • Pete Seeger was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2000.
  • Kathleen Hanna from the band Bikini Kill

8. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Known also as “camel flu,” MERS was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. All cases have been linked to people that have traveled to the Middle Eatern peninsula. Symptoms include: severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some die.

7. Japanese Encephalitis

Symptoms affecting only about 1% of people infected include: high grade fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, seizures, spastic paralysis and death. Named after its first case in Japan in 1871.

6. Lassa Fever

Lassa fever is one of the hemorrhagic fever viruses like Ebola. For the majority of infections, at least 80% of people will have mild undiagnosed symptoms. The remaining 20% of individuals may experience more severe symptoms. These include: hemorrhaging, respiratory distress, vomiting, facial swelling, pain in the chest, back, and abdomen, and shock.
Named after the being found in Lassa, Nigeria in 1969.

5. Zika Fever

Discovered in 1947 in the Zika Forest in Uganda. Outbreaks of the virus in the U.S. caused a scare in recent years. Zika causes stillbirths, miscarriages, and congenital birth defects.

4. Ebola

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, discovered in 1976, was named after the Ebola River in Zaire. A village in Yambuku (Democratic Republic of the Congo), near the Ebola River, was one of two locations to first encounter the disease.

3. Legionnaire’s Disease

Legionella was discovered after an outbreak in 1976 among people who went to a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion. It is a form of atypical pneumonia contracted By Inhaling Contaminated Water Droplets. 

2. German Measles

Also known as Rubella, references to measles can be found from as early as the 7th century. The disease was described by the Persian physician Rhazes in the 10th century as “more to be dreaded than smallpox.”

One unprotected person with measles can easily spread it to 18 others.

Measles afflicts 67,000 Union Army troops in the Civil War, leading to 4,000 deaths. American Army surgeon J. J. Woodward described the festering measles outbreaks as “always serious, often fatal.” Overall, two-thirds of the 660,000 fatalities in the Civil War were attributable to infectious diseases.

1. The Spanish Flu

The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. It was caused by an H1N1 virus.

Even the White House called out the fake news!

Still want more? There are hundreds more on Wikipedia here:


Fake news media will never admit to this! Hear what Rob Harper has to say about Trump’s racism here:

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