A Liberian man confirmed to have Ebola virus disease escaped quarantine earlier this week and walked through a busy market as people kept their distance from him.
After wielding a stick at one point, the man in the red shirt was filmed thrashing as workers cloaked in protective gear tried to put him in the back of a truck for transport to Monrovia’s ELWA Hospital.
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“We told the Liberian government from the beginning, we do not want an Ebola camp here. Today makes the fifth Ebola patient coming outside vomiting and toiletting,” one local said, voicing his frustration in Reuters’ report.
Liberia has the highest number of Ebola cases and related deaths. In total, more than 3,000 people have been infected and more than 1,500 people have died in this historic outbreak affecting several West African countries.
Other Ebola news:
- Patient who received ZMapp goes home: A British patient who received the experimental Ebola treatment ZMapp was discharged from a London hospital Wednesday. William Pooley contracted the virus while working as a nurse in Sierra Leone. After being released less than two weeks since being flown back to Britain, the 29-year-old said he feels “wonderfully lucky.” Two Americans who received ZMapp have also been released from the hospital, while other Ebola patients have still died from the disease despite taking the drug. The U.S.-based company that manufactures the drug, which has not gone through human testing yet for efficacy, has exhausted its supply.
- Will a third American come home? While two other Americans who became infected with the Ebola virus were flown back to the United States for treatment and have since been released, treatment plans for a third patient, who was more recently infected, are still being discussed. “I know there have been discussions that this person will be coming back to the United States, Dr. Bruce Ribner, head of the infectious disease unit at Emory University, told NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday. “I don’t believe the actual site where they’re coming back has been decided yet.” The mission supporting this doctor was expected to discuss more about his condition later Wednesday.
- Advice to U.S. colleges: As classes at U.S. colleges and universities are back in session for the fall semester, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising these institutions to be aware of the virus’ symptoms as some students and faculty might be coming from abroad. The CDC recommended screenings for anyone who had been to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria or Sierra Leone within the last three weeks, according to the New York Times.
- ‘Not an African disease’: Gayle Smith, special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director at the National Security Council, said Wednesday that Ebola was “not an African disease. This is a virus that is a threat to all humanity.” In a call with reporters, Smith said the U.S. is “ramping up significantly” its donations of protective gear to affected countries.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.