Liberia: Ebola spread fears rise as clinic looted

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Sunday, August 17, 2014


NAIROBI, Kenya -- 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.

Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister, said Sunday 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. It was not immediately clear how many patients were there.

A senior police official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press, said residents went on a "looting spree," stealing items that were likely infected.

The World Health Organization said Ebola has killed 1,145 people in West Africa, including 413 in Liberia. (AP)

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