Liberia Has Found 17 Ebola Patients Who Fled Attack

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on  August 20, 2014 at 11:26 AM Tropical Disease News   - G J E 4
Liberia has found the 17 Ebola patients who fled an attack on their quarantine center in the capital Monrovia, a government minister said Tuesday.
 Liberia Has Found 17 Ebola Patients Who Fled Attack
Liberia Has Found 17 Ebola Patients Who Fled Attack

"All 17 patients who fled the Ebola centre (on Saturday) have been accounted for. They walked by themselves to the JFK hospital," Information Minister Lewis Brown told AFP. "All entertainment centres are to be closed. All video centres are to be closed at 6pm," she ordered.

The new quarantine areas include Monrovia's West Point slum. Liberia's Information Minister Lewis Brown on Tuesday announced the return of 17 missing Ebola patients, who had fled a medical facility in West Point on Saturday after it was attacked by club-wielding youths.

Sirleaf imposed a state of emergency on Aug 6, but despite increasingly draconian measures the spread of the virus has continued unabated. The UN health agency has counted 2,240 cases of confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola infection in West African nations, making this the deadliest outbreak ever.

Liberia has recorded the most Ebola deaths, with the toll standing at 466. "We have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials, cultural burying practices, disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the government," Sirleaf bemoaned.

Guinea has recorded 394 deaths and Sierra Leone 365. Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, has 15 cases and four fatalities, according to WHO data.

Source: AFP

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