Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post has received dozens of e-mails asking about a case of Ebola in Ocala.
The news report floating around social media, which claims Ebola has been confirmed in Ocala, is a hoax.
One of the posts revealed it was a prank when the link within the post was clicked on, while another circulating does not.
Authorities said there have not been any cases of Ebola in Ocala.
Health officials also said Ebola is not a joking matter.
Authorities said instilling fear by creating fake news alerts and social media posts — regardless if it was meant as a prank — will not be tolerated.
Authorities said no charges have been filed at this time, but they are monitoring the situation closely.