Looters Steal Bloody Items from Ebola Quarantine Center
Authorities in Liberia fear that Ebola could soon dramatically spread after angry residents raided a quarantine center for Ebola patients and took items from the facility, which were contaminated with blood and excrement.
The raid occurred late Saturday in the West Point slum, orchestrated by residents who were angry that patients had been brought to the holding center. There were 30 patients suspected of having Ebola who were staying at the center at the time.
As of now, the suspected patients have yet to be found. If authorities can locate the individuals, they will then be transferred to the Ebola center at Monrovia’s largest hospital.
According to FOXNews:
West Point residents went on a “looting spree,” stealing items from the clinic that were likely infected, said a senior police official, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press. The residents took medical equipment and mattresses and sheets that had bloodstains, he said.
“All between the houses you could see people fleeing with items looted from the patients,” the official said, adding that he now feared “the whole of West Point will be infected.”
The looting spree creates an enormous challenge for Liberian health officials who were already struggling greatly to contain the Ebola outbreak. Let’s hope that the flights out of that area are completely stopped, so no other countries are exposed to the disease.