According circa, A mob of young men armed with clubs raided an Ebola clinic in Monrovia, stealing bedsheets and claiming that the virus is a government hoax to get money. Nurses and at least 17 of the clinic’s 29 patients fled the quarantined area which had been set up in a high school.
Health officials are concerned that blood-stained bedsheets stolen from the clinic could pose an infection risk. The 17 missing patients are loose in a poor township of more than 60,000 Liberians.
The World Health Organization reported Aug. 16 that a total of 2,127 cases and 1,145 deaths have been confirmed since the outbreak began in southern Guinea in February. 152 new cases and 76 deaths were reported between Aug. 11 and 13.