Liberia on alert as Ebola patients break out of quarantine

At least twenty patients broke out of quarantine in the Liberian capital after protesters looted a medical clinic.

Liberia on alert as Ebola patients break out of quarantine

World Bulletin / News Desk

Liberia is on alert after at leat twenty patients believed to be suffering from the Ebola virus broke out of quarantine following a protest in the capital Monrovia's West Point 'slum' on Saturday evening.

It was reported that blood-stained bedding was among some of the items stolen by looters from a quarantined medical center, which officials say poses a serious infection risk.

Associated Press was told by an unnamed medical official that he now feared "the whole of West Point, which is home to at least 50,000 people, will be infected.

So far, at least 413 people have died in Liberia due to Ebola since February, with the overall death toll people across West Africa heading towards the 1,200 mark.

Ebola usually kills 90 per cent of its victims but the current outbreak fatality rate is near 60 per cent.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Ağustos 2014, 12:25
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