Patients flee attack on Monrovia Ebola unit

Monrovia - Armed men claiming that "there's no Ebola" in Liberia raided a quarantine centre for the deadly disease in Monrovia overnight, prompting at least 20 patients infected with the deadly virus to flee, a witness said on Sunday.

"They broke down the door and looted the place. The patients have all gone," said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberia, George Williams.

Williams said the unit housed 29 patients who were receiving preliminary treatment before being taken to hospital. It was unclear how many are now at large.

"They had all tested positive for Ebola," he said, adding that nine had died, without elaborating.

Wesseh said she heard the assailants shouting that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf "is broke", adding: "She wants money. There's no Ebola" [in Liberia].

Wesseh said the mostly young men armed with clubs broke into the isolation unit set up in a highschool in a Monrovia suburb.

Nurses also fled the attack, Wesseh said.

The Ebola outbreak, the worst since the virus first appeared in 1976, has claimed 1 145 lives in five months, according to the UN World Health Organisation's latest figures as of 13 August : 413 in Liberia, 380 in Guinea, 348 in Sierra Leone and four in Nigeria.

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Hartmut Gneiting 2014-08-17 05:37:10 PM
why do I get the feeling that we are rolling back into the Dark Ages?
Sive Nxasana 2014-08-17 05:42:06 PM
This is borderline cretin zone.
Philip Schalkwyk 2014-08-17 07:02:55 PM
And they vote!!
Sagren Padayachie 2014-08-17 07:12:57 PM
Kirsty Prinsloo 2014-08-17 07:58:01 PM
@ hartmut...cause Eskom
Kirsty Prinsloo 2014-08-17 07:59:09 PM
And the Darwin award goes to.....these dumb fools for catching Ebola and spreading it further.
Hasani P 2014-08-17 08:23:51 PM
How stupid
Hasani P 2014-08-17 08:23:51 PM
How stupid
LizDon Ferguson 2014-08-18 04:57:45 AM
My heart goes out to the medical staff who are doing their best to combat this deadly offence. It must be so disheartening to be putting ones self at rest fighting this disease only to have such ignorance come in to spoil their efforts, to say nothing about now spreading it further.