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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:46 am 
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Rioting broke out in the second largest city in Guinea, Nzerekore, due to rumors that health care workers were infecting citizens. Crowd were dispersed by military troops firing weapons.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:47 am 
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In the Guinean city of Nzerekore, riots broke out on Thursday night over rumours that health workers had infected people with the Ebola virus, a Red Cross official and residents said.

A crowd of young men, some armed with clubs and knives, set up barricades across the southern city on Thursday and threatened to attack the hospital before security forces moved in to restore order.

Gunshots were fired and several people were injured, said Youssouf Traore, president of the Guinean Red Cross.

"A rumour, which was totally false, spread that we had sprayed the market in order to transmit the virus to locals," Traore said. "People revolted and resorted to violence, prompting soldiers to intervene."

Local Red Cross workers had to flee to the military camp with their medical equipment. Another resident said the security forces were preventing people leaving their neighbourhoods overnight. More than 400 people have died in Guinea, though the infection rate is slower than in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Senegal's Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck said the country's first case was a Guinean student who turned up for treatment at a hospital in the capital Dakar on Tuesday, concealing the fact that he had close contact with victims in his home country.

Authorities in Guinea had been searching for the young man for three weeks since he evaded surveillance, the minister said. Tests at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar showed him positive for the disease.

"We are tracing his whole itinerary and also identifying anyone who had contact with the patient who now that he has been diagnosed is much more cooperative and supplied all the necessary information," the minister said.

In an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, Senegal last week banned flights with three of the affected countries and shut its land border with Guinea.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:55 am 
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Residents of Guinea's second-biggest city have rioted after the market was sprayed with disinfectant in a bid to halt the spread of the Ebola virus.

Health workers and the hospital in Nzerekore were attacked by people reportedly shouting: "Ebola is a lie".

The exact cause of the riot is not clear - some also reportedly feared the spray would spread Ebola.

Meanwhile, Senegal has confirmed its first case of Ebola - a Guinean national.

The current outbreak of Ebola began in Guinea, and has killed more than 1,500 people in four countries.

There have been relatively few cases in Guinea recently, with far higher infection rates in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone, and six deaths in Nigeria.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday warned that it could get much worse and infect more than 20,000 people.

Journalist Guilana Fidel Monou told the BBC French service from Nzerekore that many people there still do not believe that Ebola exists.

He said that a market was sprayed following a funeral - although the death was not the result of Ebola.

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Local traders were apparently not warned and held a protest march to the city's hospital, which was attacked.

Police responded by firing tear gas.

Local Red Cross workers had to flee to a military base, reports the Reuters news agency.

Youssouf Traore, president of the Guinean Red Cross, said the rioters had fired guns.

"A rumour, which was totally false, spread that we had sprayed the market in order to transmit the virus to locals," Mr Traore said.

This is not the first time that health workers trying to combat Ebola have been attacked.

Nzerekore is the capital of the Forest Region, where the Ebola epidemic has its epicentre, however the BBC's Alhassan Sillah in Guinea says the town has miraculously remained free of Ebola so far.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:32 am 
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Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal
MENAFN - Arab News - 30/08/2014

(MENAFN - Arab News) DAKAR/CONAKRY: The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be touched by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea where infection rates are rising fast.

The deadly virus has defied efforts by governments to control it prompting the leading charity fighting the outbreak Medicins Sans Frontieres to call for the UN Security Council to take charge of efforts to stop the epidemic.

At least 1550 people have died of Ebola and more than 3000 have been infected since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March and quickly spread across the border to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization warned on Thursday the actual number of cases could be up to four times higher and said that a total of 20000 people could be infected before the outbreak ends.

In the Guinean city of Nzerekore riots broke out on Thursday night over rumors that health workers had infected people with the Ebola virus a Red Cross official and residents said.

A crowd of young men some armed with clubs and knives set up barricades across the southern city on Thursday and threatened to attack the hospital before security forces moved in to restore order.

Gunshots were fired and several people were injured said Youssouf Traore president of the Guinean Red Cross.

'A rumor which was totally false spread that we had sprayed the market in order to transmit the virus to locals' Traore said. 'People revolted and resorted to violence prompting soldiers to intervene.'

Local Red Cross workers had to flee to the military camp with their medical equipment. Another resident said the security forces were preventing people leaving their neighborhoods overnight. More than 400 people have died in Guinea though the infection rate is slower than in neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Senegal's Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck said the country's first case was a Guinean student who turned up for treatment at a hospital in the capital Dakar on Tuesday concealing the fact that he had close contact with victims in his home country.

Authorities in Guinea had been searching for the young man for three weeks since he evaded surveillance the minister said. Tests at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar showed him positive for the disease.

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