Liberian authorities said on Monday that they are launching a desperate search for 17 Ebola patients who are still at large after a quarantined centre in Monrovia was attacked and looted on Saturday. According to Information Minister Lewis Brown, there are serious fears that the patients would be a source of contamination to members of the public.
“They are still at large. We have not yet found them and the looter took away mattresses and bedding that were soaked with fluids from the patients” Brown added.
Brown warned that the attackers may have contracted the virus and may also be dangerous to the public.
He said the situation was proving difficult for the Liberian government to handle and called on citizens to be vigilant.
The attack had taken place at a high school in West Point where a unit was set up to deal with quarantined Ebola patients.
Wielding sticks and machetes, the attackers descended on the facility shouting there is no Ebola in line with a widely held belief that the epidemic was caused by the West to depopulate African countries.
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