Riots in Guinea as officials accused of transmitting Ebola

Conakry - Riots broke out in Guinea's second-largest city Nzerekore over rumours that health workers had infected people with the deadly Ebola virus, a Red Cross official and residents said on Friday.

A crowd of young men, some armed with clubs and pistols, set up barricades across the southern city on Thursday and threatened to attack the hospital before security forces moved in to restore order.

Gunshots were fired by the rioters and several people were injured, said Youssouf Traore, president of the Guinean Red Cross.

"A rumour, which was totally false, spread that we had sprayed the market in order to transmit the virus to locals," Traore said. "People revolted and resorted to violence, prompting soldiers to intervene."

Local Red Cross workers had to flee to the military camp with their medical equipment.

Concern over rising cases

Another resident said the security forces were preventing people leaving their neighbourhoods overnight.

The highly contagious Ebola virus was first reported in south-eastern Guinea in March and to date has killed more than 1 500 people in the worst outbreak in history.

More than 400 people have died in Guinea, although the rate of infection is slower than in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Conakry says it has controlled the epidemic but has expressed concern over rising cases in the southern border region, which it blames on victims spilling over from neighbouring countries in search of better treatment.

The Guinean government's last health report for 26 August showed there were 12 suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases in Nzerekore.

- Reuters
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Stephen Michael661 2014-08-29 03:09:29 PM
Go Africa!!!
Pamela Mika 2014-08-29 03:37:26 PM
Africa though!! Everyone is trying to help Africa but Africa itself, such backwardness and ignorance will be the end of you my continent.
Menzi Mnandi Phewa 2014-08-29 03:39:04 PM
The question is who leaked such a rumour? What was the purpose? The rioters did not spontaneously gather together.
John Greystoke 2014-08-29 05:25:13 PM
Soon all health workers will leave, it is a dangerous job and they are not appreciated. Then the disease will spread faster and all of us will die painfully.
Mambo Jambo 2014-08-29 05:58:10 PM
Hauke Liefferink 2014-08-29 11:51:09 PM
There is no cure for stupidity (or Ebola) The latter is taking care of the former though.
Martiens Bezuidenhout 2014-08-30 02:11:33 AM
LizDon Ferguson 2014-08-30 09:08:15 AM
Ag really, it's almost beyond belief. One is almost tempted to say stew in your own juice.
Deon Hutten 2014-08-30 12:00:14 PM
And like every other time they have problems, their answer = Riots, strikes, burn every thing to the ground, ETC. But for ever fail to fix the problems. Who must help them now again?. But lets blame it on colonialism, apartheid and racism again. Must be?. Can never be their own doing or lack of, or own stupidity.
Deon Hutten 2014-08-30 12:15:16 PM
The answer for their problems = DO NOT take ownership or get a solution to the problem/s or work to prevent THE problem/s to happen again. All you have to do is come up with a very good excuse or blame some one else. Then wait, the western "world" will come and fix it for you's again.