Riot forces Ebola infected patients to flee!
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/19/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Seventeen people, suspected to be infected with the Ebola virus, are missing in Liberia after a health center in the capital city of Monrovia was attacked, the Liberian government reported, disregarding their previous reports that no patients were missing, and that all had been moved to another facility.
Aid workers carry the body of an Ebola victim, more than 1,000 have died of the virus.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This is one of the largest setbacks to the West African nation since the Ebola outbreak began back in early 2014.
This outbreak has killed at least 1,145 people so far, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported, making it the worst outbreak of Ebola in world history. West African nations that have also seen the worst of the outbreak are Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
Liberian security forces protect a medical center. Security forces have been deployed following the Saturday riots.
To contain the outbreak the WHO has called for exit screenings on all travelers from these countries, and checks on airports, sea ports and major land crossings. Several international airlines have already stopped flying to the affected countries and Cameroon has closed its borders to its neighbor Nigeria.
The United Nation's chief coordinator in Sierra Leone, David McLachlan-Karr, reported that Ebola had spread to all but one of the country's 13 districts.
"While Sierra Leone was the last affected of the three Mano River countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) to have confirmed [cases] of Ebola, now it's the country with the most cases," he said.
Sierra Leone has had at least 810 cases of Ebola, including 348 deaths.
The attack on the center in West Point, a densely populated township in Monrovia, took place in the evening on August 16, and so far there has been no official word on what sparked the riot.
A senior police officer anonymously told BBC that blood-stained mattresses, bedding and Medical equipment had been taken, which could potentially spread the virus.
Liberia's information Minister Lewis Brown said that 17 of the 37 patients from the center had gone "back into their communities," but that authorities were trying to find them and he was confident they would return.
"Most of the people that went into this holding facility came there voluntarily," he said. "So our impression is that they still want to be [there] but they were forcibly removed by vandals and looters, not because they wanted to leave; so we are sure that they will return."
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