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Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic
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MONROVIA, LIBERIA - AUGUST 16: Liberian police depart after firing shots in the air while trying to protect an Ebola burial team in the West Point slum on August 16, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. A crowd of several hundred local residents, chanting, "No Ebola in West Point," drove away the burial team and their police escort. The mob then forced open an Ebola isolation ward and took the patients out, many saying that the Ebola epidemic is a hoax. The isolation center, a closed primary school originally built by USAID, was being used by the Liberian health ministry to temporarily isolate people suspected of carrying the virus. Some 10 patients had "escaped" the building the night before, according to a nurse, as the center had no medicine to treat them. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries, with Liberia now having the most deaths. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Health experts have warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may last another six months. At least 1,145 people have died across Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, and that may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," the World Health Organization says. New figures released Friday showed Liberia now has recorded more deaths—413—than any of the other affected countries.

On Saturday, a newly expanded, 34-bed Ebola-treatment center was opened at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia, health officials said.

Assistant health minister Tolbert Nyenswah told the Associated Press the new center "will start admitting patients this evening or Monday."

Another treatment center in the southeastern outskirts of Monrovia was expanded from 80 to 120 beds. That center will eventually be further expanded to take 300 patients.

Isolating Ebola patients is critical to slowing the spread of the disease, as sick people can transmit it through their bodily fluids such as blood, sweat or urine. There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for the disease, which has killed at least half of its victims this year.

Health workers treating Ebola patients on the front lines of the crisis have borne the brunt of the fatalities. Sierra Leone's president, Ernest Bai Koroma, told journalists Friday that his country has lost two top doctors and 32 nurses.

"We need specialized clinicians and expertise, and that is why we are appealing to the international community for an enhanced response to our fight against the Ebola disease," he said.

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DANGER LURKS IN MONROVIA: EBOLA PATIENTS FLEE W. POINT ISOLATION

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Published: 16 August 2014
Monrovia-Concerns continue to mount over the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s handling of the Ebola virus heightening fears that the virus could spread faster than expected in Liberia.

In the West Point community Saturday, seventeen (17) suspected and some confirmed Ebola patients escaped an isolation center late in the evening.

Sam Tarplah, a registered nurse who is managing the self-initiative isolation center early Saturday morning took journalists on a tour of a facility where the positive Ebola patients were being kept in isolation.

From a concrete fence and a building with half transparent windows, the Ebola patients are visibly seen at the center with those who are a little stronger communicating loudly.

“I have been here one week, one shouted; your bring us food”, he said, refusing to call his name. Nurse Tarplah told reporters that some of the people kept at the center at the MV Massaquoi School were diagnosed positive and told to be in isolation at home because of insufficient space at the ELWA isolation center.

Tarplah said knowing the risk the presence of these Ebola positive patients will cause the community when they at home, he decided to keep them in one location though not in the same room.

According to him, there were a total of 29 persons that the center but nine had died over the last few days. A day ago, he said one of the patient very weak, fell on his forehead and died.

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He said on Friday, a lady from Bardnersville who brought food for her husband and a son, two of them Ebola positive, became angry when she was not allowed entry and as such some residents of West Point, assisted her in erecting sticks on the wall of the fence where the man and his son escaped.

Late Saturday night, the remaining 17 left the isolation center assisted by angry residents of the West Point Community.

Tarplah said a group of people overwhelmed the center chanting slogans such as “NO Ebola, Ellen broke, she want more money; she lying about Ebola” and helped the 17 patients to leave the center.

Tarplah said his vehicle was partly damaged by the group some of whom are against the establishment of such center in their community.

“I am on my way to Ministry of Health right now, the people came and opened the place with force, they even spoiled my car”, Tarplah said.

The medical humanitarian group Samaritan Purse experienced similar resistance in the ELWA community when they tried to expand the treatment and containment center at the facility, forcing the group to abandon their plans to widen the scope of their work in the area.

The West Point Community is densely populated and Assistant Health Minister for Curative and Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyeswah said Thursday that the Health Ministry has planned to quarantine the entire community to prevent people from moving in and out.

“We will soon quarantine West Point, we are trying to get food and other needs before we effect the action”, Nyeswah said.

As the news of quarantining the area spreads, residents have become angry over the planned action and have been threatening to resist.

On Saturday morning some West Point residents, mainly youths were remaking threatening remarks “We will not move around, your come try it, your will see; your want make money out of West Point, let see”.

West Point, located on a peninsula which juts out into the Atlantic between the Mesurado and St. Paul Rivers is home to approximately 75,000 people and is easily one of Monrovia's most densely populated neighborhoods hampered by overpopulation and a host of diseases.

The community’s problems have been crippled by the lack of proper sanitation, public toilets. A UN report estimates that there are four public toilets in the area and while some sections of the area have paid public toilets, many cannot afford, forcing resident to use the surrounding areas to ease themselves.

Outside West Point, several communities around Monrovia are also going through tough patches.

Sick patients have been pleading for more than a week to get medical teams assistance but many of those pleads are falling on deaf ears as bodies are taking longer to be collected.

In the 5th Street Community in Sinkor, a body lasted three days before community dwellers staged a protest blocking the main Tubman Boulevard Road to claim the attention of health authorities on Thursday.

On the Capitol Bye Pass, the wife of Aloysius Mulbah, now a former employee of the General Auditing Commission, Konah Kupee said her late husband had been calling health workers since Thursday last week but to avail until he died a week later, on Friday August 15 before the health team arrived to take his blood specimen.

Konah told FrontPageAfrica that she has been attending to her sick husband since Thursday last when he got critically ill repeatedly calling health authorities to take him only to receive numerous promises.

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“My husband called, I called, his brothers called, aunties, we all called on different numbers but nobody has been able to come so when the sickness got serious, we have to leave him in the room and he has been crying there but since 5 am this morning no sound, so I do not know what is happening to him” Konah narrated.
Mulbah was later confirmed dead on Friday afternoon and according to family sources, his result has shown positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Mulbah had a few weeks ago attended the burial ceremony of an Uncle, Santo Mulbah along with other family members.

In the Mount Barclay community, one resident informed FrontPageAfrica late Saturday that they are planning a protest action come Sunday to draw the attention of the Health Ministry toward uncollected bodies in their community. Another family member who formed part of the burial died three days before Aloysius death.

The resident, Shedrick Bettie said over 13 deaths have occurred in the area over the last one week days with seven critically ill and some of the bodies remain uncollected for more than two days now.
According to the World Health Organization, the latest toll climbed has climbed to 1,069. Several international airlines have already cancelled flights with Kenya Airways becoming the latest.

Compounding the dilemma are mounting criticisms of the government which was quoted by the Associated Press Friday as having spent $US12 million (nine million euros) in tackling the Ebola outbreak between April and June, and looks set to spend much more in the coming weeks. Many Liberians are unsure how that much money was spent with so many bodies piling up and residents’ anger growing by the day.

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Sylvester Moses · Top Commenter
This isn’t definitely the time for political correctness, or mere expressions of resolve to contain the virus, because the undeniable reality is that resolve, and prayers are just not enough. Like Guinea and Sierra Leone, we lack capacity. Money, food, well - equipped mobile isolation laboratories, antibiotics, vitamins, and more public health professionals are needed; otherwise, it would become a pandemic.

Some foreign reporters have suggested that international monetary institutions, including IMF, World Bank, and the EUCCB must coordinate with WHO, FAO, CDC, MSF, etc. to quantify the required financial outlays for a more robust effort toward Ebola. The bubonic plague, for example, reportedly took millions of lives in 14th century Europe; Ebola can do the same in Africa, and beyond.

Since the dawn of 2014, IMF’s Largarde has insisted that inequality of opportunities is a threat to global economic growth; thus, it wouldn’t make fiscal sense should Ebola suffer the neglect of the Riwandan genocide. And unless she and colleagues in these institutions are susceptible to the debunked Malthusian solutions for over - population, they should urgently galvanize world conscience to act now.
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Saye Silas Pency · Overseer at The Spoken Word Ministry
OMG! I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the most gracious wisdom of our Lord to descend on our president now & her co-workers as they face such an uncooperative spirit of fellow Liberians. Despite our opinions, I will kindly appeal to all of our professionals, skill & unskilled citizen to hold together in this struggle or we suffer as a people because of our disagreement on political front. Liberians! our neighbors & those afar have left us in the state of reflecting on where we are, what we ought to do in addressing our "EBOLA" problem or we die by being DOUBTFUL, STUBBORN & ANGRY for what we could approach wisely & later fight if the need be when all is well. I'm confident that a Liberian somewhere in high places will graciously share this wisdom & help to take charge by reaching this idea to our president.
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Abdul-majid Wesay · CEO & President 1st Capital Allianz Group at Monrovia meadows ibiza inc.
The president is unable to control and neutralize the crisis. This is no wisdom and this is failed leadership. I urge the Madam to just resign and leave the job to a more vibrant leader with much vigor and motivating spirit to arrest the situation. Resign and save your people, Madam Sirleaf.
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Sylvester Moses · Top Commenter
That what’s happening in the sub region is a global health hazard, and humanitarian crisis have been acknowledged by no less world figures than the most significant head of state in the world, President Barak Obama, and Bi . T. moon, the secretary general of the UN. So the question is: why are three poor post - conflict countries being begrudged the surge of resources needed to tackle Ebola.

Some foreigners following my FPA comments on Face book have been transmitting unsolicited generalizations to indicate that the international community doesn’t care much about mass deaths in West Africa from Ebola as long as it’s confined to the sub region. They cite the fact that only after the near deaths of American health workers Ebola generated the international coverage and concern it deserves since December 2013.

Well, even among the inner circle of Jesus Christ some got it wrong; Judas, Peter, and Thomas. We appreciate what the international community has been doing, but we are urging them to add urgency, because we really don’t know the exact numbers of actual fatalities in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: just like most poor countries don’t know the number of HIV victims because it’s under - reported.
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Edward Roye · Top Commenter · Liberia College
is it the president that is telling people to run away from treatment centers? this is absurd. we all must encourage our people to take seriousl the anti-ebola mesures being put in place. there is no leadership in any third world country that has cabaly handled this magnitude of outbreak, especially coming out of protracted civil conflict that broke down infrastructure. Liberia appreciates the intervention of the international community and all health workers that are in the field. we, the citizens must do our part by reporting any strange cases and movements of people.if anyone has a qualm with the president, just wait until, the Ebola thing is put behind us;then u can start ur advocacy. Wesay, use ur energy to help track down those who ran away from the treatment center. the legislature should immediately enact laws to make RUNNING AWAY from Ebola treatment centers by patients a FELONY. why runaway? running away would make futher worse for everyone.
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Simeon Simeon · Top Commenter · Works at Self-Employed
Liberia government recent actions in relation to Ebola virus just proves to Liberian that Ebola deadly disease, It's is fix disease that some west Africa countries citizens is dying from, April to June Liberia government said already 12 millions USD had been spent on the deadly disease called Ebola, So the people of west point in Monrovia and other parts of the country understood that Ebola now is being used to in rich Liberia government officials and president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Do Liberia need a change of president to restore confidence between the peoples and the government ??? Or do we still think that the people of west point and other parts of the country will follow the awareness of the protective measure toward Ebola from the government of Liberia ???
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George Williams · University of Liberia
What is happening in West Point, with 20 Ebola positive patients escaping from an isolation center, proves that the government is not serious or incompetent people are left to handle the Ebola response. I would have thought that the government build isolation centers in several locations using zinc sheets, wood and concrete for flooring. One of such centers will take not more than a week to build. Also, you can not leave the patients to starve. This is shameful! Ebola is a deadly disease and we should give it the seriousness it deserves or we will all be wiped out!!!!!
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Boima Passawe · Top Commenter · Houston Community College System
Something under this Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone & Guinea . God is in controlled. Innocent poor people dying everyday from this disease where people are getting rich day and night. I'm afraid to say when this secret come to light the three presidents will be force to step down from power. Surely I see that to happen very soon. Something happen somewhere. This is bad...... anything against our people will come to light one day. Everybody will get know one day.
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pleebocollins25 (signed in using yahoo)
You better go and take more health classes or stop listening to conspiracies. What is under this ebola is filth and dirt and ignorance and superstition, nothing else. And please try and write better. It is " God is in control" not "in controlled." Yes, one day people will get to know that it is their stupidity and nonsensical postings like this one that has the ebola spreading. 17 infected persons escaped because of ignorance and fear.
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Justin Togba · General Manager at Business Owner
These photos are wrong Frontpage. I know you got the message across about the breakout in Westpoint, but those photos are showing the back of Ecobank Liberia , Sinkor 5th street branch. I used to work there and know the area well. i was expecting to see the isolation center and the health worker in charge of it. However, we are to pray and work for the speedy eradication of this virus. Thanks for your continous good work.
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Martin Wiamah Browne · Top Commenter · William V.S. Tubman High School
The situation is so disheartening right now.. Some Liberians being ignorant to this deadly virus and the government inability to handle the cases as it is spreading on a higher skills each and every day. Where are we heading.... the Ebola cases in Guinea has dropped drastically.. the government needs to be proactive to save the state.
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Abdul-majid Wesay · CEO & President 1st Capital Allianz Group at Monrovia meadows ibiza inc.
We need a new leadership in Liberia, the president needs to go and the health minister needs to go....all this is to safe Liberia and Liberians.
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Worst case scenario. The comments, there as here and in every corner of the planet on every news piece from sports to politics, are always the most reliable prodrome. I fail to reckon what, if not this, will make the WHO isolate Africa completely.


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Worst case scenario. The comments, there as here and in every corner of the planet on every news piece from sports to politics, are always the most reliable prodrome. I fail to reckon what, if not this, will make the WHO isolate Africa completely.

The number of confirmed cases outside of the three west Africa countries that are not liked to Patrick Sawyer remain at zero. Ebola transmission requires close contact and has never made it out of Africa via a patient. This outbreak shows how it transmits - close contact with body fluids.

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Reports from Liberia say residents stormed an #Ebola isolation centre in the densely populated #Monrovia suburb of Westpoint.

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Report: Armed men attack Liberia Ebola clinic, freeing patients

Liberian police depart after firing shots in the air while trying to protect an Ebola burial team in the West Point slum on August 16, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. A crowd of several hundred local residents, chanting, 'No Ebola in West Point,' drove away the burial team and their police escort. The mob then forced open an Ebola isolation ward and took the patients out, many saying that the Ebola epidemic is a hoax. The isolation center, a closed primary school originally built by USAID, was being used by the Liberian health ministry to temporarily isolate people suspected of carrying the virus. Some 10 patients had 'escaped' the building the night before, according to a nurse, as the center had no medicine to treat them. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries, with Liberia now having the most deaths. JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES

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MONROVIA, Liberia - Armed men attacked an Ebola clinic in Monrovia, local witnesses told Agence France Presse.

As many as 29 potentially Ebola-infected patients fled, the news agency reported.

"They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled," said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberian, George Williams.

The attack comes just one day after a report of a crowd of several hundred local residents, chanting, 'No Ebola in West Point,' drove away a burial team and their police escort that had come to collect the bodies of suspected Ebola victims in a slum in the capital, Reuters reports. The mob then forced open an Ebola isolation ward and took several patients out, many saying that the Ebola epidemic is a hoax.

The isolation center, a closed primary school originally built by USAID, was being used by the Liberian health ministry to temporarily isolate people suspected of carrying the virus, Reuters reports. Some 10 patients had "escaped" the building the night before, according to a nurse, as the center had no medicine to treat them.

While the armed attack is likely the most brazen attack on health workers trying to contain the deadly outbreak, it is far from the first in the region worst-hit by it.


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There have been numerous reports of locals attacking those trying to stop the disease by throwing stones at aid workers, blocking aid convoys and forcibly removing patients from clinics. Many locals blame foreigners for bringing the disease, saying it had never been there before they arrived.

The mistrust of central government and help from outside runs deep in this part of West Africa. All three countries worst-hit by the outbreak -- Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea -- are relatively fresh off decades of either brutal civil war or iron-fisted dictatorships.

The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Friday. One aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is still unknown.

New figures released by the World Health Organization showed that Liberia has recorded more Ebola deaths - 413 - than any of the other affected countries.

Tarnue Karbbar, who works for the aid group Plan International in northern Liberia, said response teams simply aren't able to document all the erupting Ebola cases. Many of the sick are still being hidden at home by their relatives, who are too fearful of going to an Ebola treatment center.

Others are being buried before the teams can get to remote areas, he said. In the last several days, about 75 cases have emerged in Voinjama, a single Liberian district.

"Our challenge now is to quarantine the area (in Voinjama) to successfully break the transmission," he said.

There is no cure or licensed treatment for Ebola and patients often die gruesome deaths with external bleeding from their mouths, eyes or ears. The killer virus is transmitted through bodily fluids like blood, sweat, urine and diarrhea. A handful of people have received an experimental drug whose effectiveness is unknown.


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Liberia's assistant health minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, said three people in Liberia were receiving the ZMapp on Friday. Previously, only two Americans and a Spaniard had gotten it. The Americans are improving, but it is not known what role ZMapp played. The Spaniard died.

The American doctor infected with Ebola while working in Liberia said Friday he is "recovering in every way" and holding onto the hope of a reunion with his family.

Dr. Kent Brantly remained hospitalized Friday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. His comments came in a statement issued through the Christian aid group Samaritan's Purse.

The World Health Organization has approved the use of such untested drugs but their supply is extremely limited.

The U.N. health agency has said the focus on containing the outbreak should be on practicing good hygiene and quickly identifying the sick and isolating them. That task is made harder, however, by the shortage of treatment facilities.

Beds in such centers are filling up faster than they can be provided, evidence that the outbreak in West Africa is far more severe than the numbers show, said Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for World Health Organization in Geneva.

There are 40 beds at one treatment center that Doctors Without Borders recently took over in one quarantined county in Liberia. But 137 people have flocked there, packing the hallways until they can be sorted into those who are infected and those are not, said Joanne Liu, the group's international president.

Nyenswah described a similar situation in a treatment center in Liberia's capital of Monrovia: In one ward meant to accommodate up to 25 people, 80 are now crowded in. Another treatment center with 120 beds is expected to open Saturday outside Monrovia.

"It's absolutely dangerous," said Liu, who recently returned from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. "With the massive influx of patients that we had over the last few days, we're not able to keep zones of patients anymore. Everybody is mixed."

Liu likened the situation to a state of war because the "frontline" was always moving and unpredictable. She said the outbreak could last six more months.

The death toll is now 1,145 people in four countries across West Africa, according to figures released Friday by the World Health Organization. At least 2,127 cases have been reported in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, WHO said.

Sierra Leone's president, Ernest Bai Koroma, told journalists Friday that the country has lost two doctors and 32 nurses to Ebola.

"We need specialized clinicians and expertise and that is why we are appealing to the international community for an enhanced response to our fight" against Ebola, he said.

The Ebola crisis is also disrupting food supplies and transportation. Some 1 million people in isolated areas could need food assistance in the coming months, according to the U.N. World Food Program, which is preparing a regional emergency operation.

Amid a growing number of airline cancellations, the U.N. will start flights for humanitarian workers on Saturday to ensure that aid operations aren't interrupted. In the coming weeks, they will also ferry staff to remote areas by helicopter.

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Armed men attack Monrovia Ebola clinic, 29 patients flee

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MONROVIA (AFP) – Armed men attacked an Ebola isolation ward in the Liberian capital Monrovia overnight, prompting 29 patients to flee the facility, witnesses said Sunday.

“They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled,” said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberian, George Williams
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LIBERIA: EBOLA SPREAD FEARS RISE AS CLINIC LOOTED
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Health workers are handed personal protective gear by a team leader, right, before collecting the bodies of the deceased from streets in Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. New figures released by the World Health Organization showed that Liberia has recorded more Ebola deaths — 413 — than any of the other affected countries. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
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A health worker washes with disinfectant after dealing with people suspected of having the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. New figures released by the World Health Organization showed that Liberia has recorded more Ebola deaths — 413 — than any of the other affected countries. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
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Health workers move the body of a fellow health worker who was found dead in a seat, and who they believe passed away from the Ebola virus, at one of the largest hospitals in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Friday. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
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A health worker, left, helps a colleague with his personal protection equipment before dealing with individuals suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. New figures released by the World Health Organization showed that Liberia has recorded more Ebola deaths — 413 — than any of the other affected countries. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
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Health workers wearing protective gear go to remove the body of a person who is believed to have died after contracting the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. New figures released by the World Health Organization showed that Liberia has recorded more Ebola deaths — 413 — than any of the other affected countries. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including blood-stained sheets and mattresses.

The violence in the West Point slum occurred late Saturday and was led by residents angry that patients were brought from other parts of the capital to the holding center, Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister, said Sunday. It was not immediately clear how many patients had been at the center.

West Point residents went on a "looting spree," stealing items from the clinic that were likely infected, said a senior police official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press. The residents took mattresses, sheets and blankets that had bloodstains, which could spread the infection.

Liberian police restored order to the West Point neighborhood, which is home to an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 poor Liberians. Health officials say they fear the looting incident will spread Ebola infections in the capital, Monrovia.

Ebola has killed 1,145 people in West Africa, including 413 in Liberia, according to the World Health Organization.

In East Africa, the Kenyan government took steps to prevent the disease from spreading. Kenya will bar passengers traveling from three West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak, closing a debate in East Africa's economic powerhouse about whether the national airline was exposing the country to the deadly disease.

The suspension is effective midnight Tuesday for all ports of entry for people traveling from or through Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said Kenya's Health Ministry. Nigeria was not included in the ban, which also allows entry to health professionals and Kenyans returning from those countries.

"This step is in line with the recognition of the extraordinary measures urgently required to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa," the Health Ministry said. It cited the World Health Organization's recent statement that the magnitude of the Ebola outbreak has been underestimated.

Following the government's announcement Saturday, Kenya Airways said it would suspend flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Kenya Airways, a major transport provider in Africa, had wrestled with the decision whether to continue flying to West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. Its suspension of flights is an abrupt reversal of its announcement Friday that it would continue flying.

Social commentators, medical experts and Kenyan politicians said they feared the airline was putting profits ahead of prudence, and that KQ, as the airline is known, would spread Ebola. The airline flies more than 70 flights a week to West Africa, but chief executive Titus Naikuni told a news conference Thursday that airline's flight decisions had nothing to do with money.

The airline said flights actually help to contain the Ebola outbreak by transporting medical staff, supplies and equipment to West Africa.

But doctors representing the Kenya Medical Association had asked Kenya Airways to suspend flights to the four countries affected by Ebola "until things stabilize." Members of parliament also called on the carrier to halt its West African operations.

Several airlines have already suspended flights to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, including British Airways, Emirates Airlines, Arik Air and ASKY Airlines. Nigeria became the fourth Ebola-affected country late last month after a Liberian-American man sick with the disease flew to Lagos on an ASKY flight and infected several people before he died.

Officials in Cameroon, which borders Nigeria, announced Friday it would suspend all flights from all four Ebola-affected countries. Korean Air announced on Thursday it would temporarily halt its service to Kenya despite the fact there are no cases of Ebola in the country.

Ebola-affected countries are suffering economically as international airlines restrict flights, companies scale down regional operations and much commercial trade is put on hold, said the World Bank. The bank, with the International Monetary Fund, reduced this year's economic growth estimate for Guinea to 3.5 percent, down from their original projection of 4.5 percent growth.

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Ebola-infected patients driven from treatment centre in Liberia
Whereabouts of 29 patients unknown after quarantine centre is attacked by men claiming "there's no Ebola in Liberia"

theguardian.com, Sunday 17 August 2014 10.03 EDT
Ebola health workers in Liberia
A health worker assists a colleague with protective gear, as they collect the body of a man suspected to have died from the ebola virus, in Monrovia, Liberia, Photograph: Abbas Dulleh/AP
Armed men claiming that "there's no Ebola" in Liberia raided a quarantine centre for the deadly disease in Monrovia overnight, prompting at least 20 patients infected with the deadly virus to flee, a witness said on Sunday.

"They broke down the door and looted the place. The patients have all gone," said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of the Health Workers Association of Liberia, George Williams.

Williams said the unit housed 29 patients who were receiving preliminary treatment before being taken to hospital. It was unclear how many are now at large.

"They had all tested positive for Ebola," he said, adding that nine had died, without elaborating.

Wesseh said she heard the assailants shouting that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf "is broke", adding: "She wants money. There's no Ebola" in Liberia.

Wesseh said the mostly young men armed with clubs broke into the isolation unit set up in a highschool in a Monrovia suburb.

Nurses also fled the attack, Wesseh said.

The Ebola outbreak, the worst since the virus first appeared in 1976, has claimed 1,145 lives in five months, according to the World Health Organisation's latest figures. As at August 13 the total deaths were: 413 in Liberia, 380 in Guinea, 348 in Sierra Leone and four in Nigeria.

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