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Ebola isolation clinic looted in Liberia, patients flee

Ebola Isolation Clinic Looted, Up To 20 Patients Flee

Of all the places to loot, an Ebola isolation clinic probably isn't the best place.

Armed protestors stormed an Ebola clinic in Liberia's capital Saturday stealing blood-stained bedding and forcing as many as 20 infected patients to flee into the city's tightly packed West Point township.

According to the United Nation's Integrated Regional Information Networks, or IRIN, the West Point "shantytown" has about 70,000 residents and suffers from debilitating sanitary conditions. The population has access to only four public toilets, meaning street defecation is commonplace.



There are now fears that with West Point's dense neighborhoods, poor sanitary conditions, and the Ebola patients now on the loose it could make fighting Liberia's already serious Ebola outbreak even more complex.

A senior Liberia police official told the BBC: "This is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen in my life" and that the looting of blood-stained mattresses and bedding could spread the virus to all of West Point.

Sky News reports: West Point residents were already upset that Ebola patients were being brought from other parts of the capital to the isolation clinic in their township. The protestors were reportedly shouting that Ebola was a scam created by the Liberian president for money.

The assistant health minister said Thursday there are plans to quarantine West Point, but first food and supplies must be brought into the township, according to Front Page Africa.

While West Point wouldn't be the first place to be quarantined by the Liberian government, it might be the largest if the health ministry does decide to quarantine the area.

The West Point clinic looting came the same day the Kenyan government announced a travel ban on West African countries afflicted with the deadly Ebola virus.

Kenya Airways, which is owned by the Kenyan government, announced that flights going to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone will be suspended starting Tuesday at midnight.

Nonetheless, the World Health Organization, or WHO, reiterated that the spread of Ebola through air travel is very low and has advised against travel bans.

According to the WHO, more than 400 people have died in Liberia from Ebola and more than 1,100 in total between Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Related:
World Health Organization Ebola Guidelines
Ebola Prevention
What is Ebola?
What are they symptoms of Ebola?
Who is at risk of Ebola?
Flight Cancellations Due to Ebola

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laclone August 17 2014 at 11:30 PM

Stupid is as stupid does.

The idiots that did this have just doomed everyone in the West Point area. Themselves included.

Infected patients now running loose among the populace. Infected bedding and materials now being spread throughout the entire neighborhood.

The only response now is to isolate the entire area within a perimeter of flame-throwers and armed personnel with orders to kill any living thing that tries to escape the area.

No exceptions!

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mesager42 August 17 2014 at 10:10 PM

Exactly! There are Islamic terrorist organizations who would probably pay a handsome price to get access to that infected bedding to attack other nations like Israel, various religious sects in the Middle East, and U.S. troops. Welcome to our worse nightmare uncontained!

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spdy65 August 17 2014 at 10:46 PM

Get key people out of there and napalm the whole damn area.

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pscottparker10231955 August 18 2014 at 12:56 AM

Dumbos, all of them! Oh well. Liberia is a nation comprised of people who moved away from the USA as freed slaves. Looks like it is really flourishing, eh? lol! Freedom does not seem to be the SOLE ingredient for societal success. You need a working brain, too...lol

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Kate pscottparker10231955 August 18 2014 at 10:11 AM

It's a good thing your own inanity amuses you, because it doesn't amuse anyone else. The only thing that amuses me about you, is that you are completely clueless as to the make up of the Liberian population, and are rolling on the floor laughing about something that a) isn't true, b) is entirely racist and bigoted, and c) only proves to the rest of the people on this thread that you are the biggest dumbo of them all.

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debij pscottparker10231955 August 18 2014 at 10:25 AM

While Liberia was ESTABLISHED as a nation to which freed slaves could go, there are very few former slaves that went there. Remember that there were people who were living there first. The whole "Liberia as a place former slaves could go" was a dismal failure, much to the chargrin of the people who wanted them to go and the ones who came up with the idea.

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elendil3136 August 17 2014 at 10:41 PM

The Ebola crisis is NOT like the movie "Outbreak" in that the disease can be contained by basic sanitation and simple medical isolation procedures. Both WHO and the CDC have repeatedly stated that developed nations are at no serious risk of a mass epidemic.
The problem, if given even cursory study by a reasonably intelligent person, is that in the undeveloped areas of Africa where poverty, superstition, and a lack of advanced medical care are still the norm, a disease like this can easily get out of control.

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myracal August 17 2014 at 10:41 PM

What i diocy!! A sure way to make sure the disease spreads. The word "stupid" doesn't even begin to describe this horrendous action.

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Kate myracal August 18 2014 at 10:15 AM

In case you haven't been paying attention for however long you've been alive (it sounds as if two minutes would be about right), when people are as uneducated as the extremely poor usually are, they don't KNOW ANY BETTER. They are not stupid, they are simply uneducated.

Yes, it was a horrendous thing to do, but it wasn't stupidity that led to it-- it was the desperation of an extremely impoverished group of people, who did not understand how dangerous it was to do anything of the sort.

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debij myracal August 18 2014 at 10:27 AM

They were fed rumors that the President of Liberia was doing this for money. They didn't believe that Ebola was real. Much like American Tea Party people are fed lies by the media about Obama.

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Valerie debij August 18 2014 at 10:44 AM

Obviously, someone has fed lies to you also.

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mwb52 August 17 2014 at 10:39 PM

The Republican Party -- shunning science now and always. "If'n we can't see it, we doesn't believe it."

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mark and sheri August 18 2014 at 12:44 AM

Watch some Islamic Terrorist group like ISIS try and weaponize it. Now might be a good time to close our borders for a while.

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Kate mark and sheri August 18 2014 at 10:21 AM

Make up words much? What the devil is 'weaponize' but some third grade way around using actual English? But your way of thinking makes it obvious that you make things up quite a lot.

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kcaron1504 Kate August 18 2014 at 10:38 AM

Kate, the word is in any dictionary you choose to use. Look it up and learn something.

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dan_crabtree August 17 2014 at 10:20 PM

What beter way for these muslims to destroy there enemys than this.....most will die and these muslims that did this shall gain the world as well...and all because of one little raid..Am sure even you liberasl are now shaking in your beds for if not..." you damn sure should be"..

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Ruth Bloodgood August 18 2014 at 5:59 AM

they're not the sharpest tools in the shed but lets bring them here

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