Liberia's Ebola bodies abandoned on streets

Monrovia - Liberia's Ebola death toll was rising dramatically, the health ministry said on Tuesday, while abandoned bodies were lining streets across the country.

A total of 268 people had died of the virus as of 2 August, said Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services Tolbert Nyenswah. On 28 July, the Health Ministry had recorded 181 deaths, a week earlier 130 deaths.

Among the dead were 37 health workers, according to Nyenswah, and 2 497 people were suspected to be infected with Ebola.

Dead bodies were meanwhile lying abandoned as Liberia's authorities were struggling to cope with the Ebola outbreak that killed hundreds across West Africa, witnesses and local media reported.

Numerous health facilities had to shut down across the country after health care workers were threatened by locals who believe foreigners had brought Ebola into the country.

The World Health Organisation is warning of possibly "catastrophic" consequences in West Africa - in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria - which they say is the deadliest ever.

As of 31 July, the WHO had recorded 1 323 cases confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in West Africa. Of these, 729 people have died.

Two doctors treating infected patients have died of the disease, one in Sierra Leone, the other in Liberia.

More than 60 healthcare workers also lost their lives, according to the WHO.

A US doctor suffering from Ebola is being treated at an Atlanta hospital after being evacuated from Liberia on Saturday.

The outbreak has been caused by the most lethal strain in the family of Ebola viruses.

Ebola causes massive haemorrhages and has a fatality rate of 90%. It is transmitted through blood and other body fluids.

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Mageba 2014-08-05 08:10:11 PM
Oh no! Seems like God has forsaken us; people are dying like flies
Victor Ndabenhle Mkhaliphi 2014-08-05 08:55:53 PM
What a sad and scary situation!!!
Siboniso Ncube 2014-08-05 09:07:25 PM
Very very scary the way it kills we pray that it doesn't reach ur shores
Anthoula Joshua 2014-08-05 09:29:13 PM
It is becoming a serious catastrophe. A terrible way to die. No one is immune. We pray that they get it under control fast, but it looks like Liberia is losing the battle. Just a sneeze, sweat, blood can spread it. The people there are refusing treatment and blaming the health care workers. It starts in the forest, bats can carry Ebola.
Nel Van Der Westhuizen 2014-08-05 09:48:44 PM
World War E.....?
Hauke Liefferink 2014-08-05 10:17:02 PM
"Foreigners have brought Ebola"... give these people Smarties.
Mark Theunissen 2014-08-06 06:52:21 AM
Yet, SAA is still flying to these countries !
Mfumbayelangabi Silwane 2014-08-06 09:52:12 AM
They are dead right ,the foreigners from the west brought the virus in test tubes and electric bulbs.
Valerie Widmann 2014-08-06 10:44:03 AM
"Numerous health facilities had to shut down across the country after health care workers were threatened by locals who believe foreigners had brought Ebola into the country." Ignorance knows no bounds!