By Lizzie Bennett
17 infected Ebola patients have fled a quarantine centre, and a further 10 have been removed by their families after the facility was attacked by protesters in the Liberian capital Monrovia.
The mob was trying to force the closure of the centre after patients were brought in from other parts of the country.
As the situation escalated the centre was looted, with bedding, mattresses, medical equipment and even clothing being taken. Heath experts fear that some of the items may be contaminated with bodily fluids and more infections with the deadly virus may occur.
The attackers, mostly young men armed with clubs, shouted insults about President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and yelled “there’s no Ebola”, she said, adding that nurses had also fled the centre.(source)
All the medical staff left during the riot leaving the crowded West Point area of the city with no medical experts. There are legitimate fears that the patients and the stolen items could cause a surge of cases in the West Point area, described as slum housing that is home to some 50,000 people.
The Ebola outbreak is showing no signs of slowing. The World Health Organisation recorded 76 deaths in 48 hours up to 13th August, new press releases are expected later today covering the last week.
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