Ebola Outbreak: Escaped Liberian Quarantine Patients Found as Death Toll Tops 1,200

Lizzie Dearden, Independent (London), August 19, 2014

A group of suspected Ebola patients who escaped a quarantine center in Liberia have been found and put in another clinic.

The 17 people reportedly fled a facility in Monrovia on Saturday after protesters broke down the doors and looted the building, sparking fears that contaminated items would spread the deadly disease further.

Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information minister, said all the patients have since been accounted for and transferred to the JFK Ebola specialist treatment center.

Three infected doctors who became the first Africans to be given the experimental drug Zmapp are also showing “remarkable signs of improvement” according to doctors, he said.

The news came as the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa topped 1,200.

World Health Organisation (WHO) figures show 1,229 people have died among the 2,240 reported cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The latest numbers include 84 additional deaths from 113 new cases reported between Thursday and Saturday.

States of emergency have been declared in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as authorities struggle to contain the outbreak.

But humanitarian agencies have warned that travel restrictions in heavily infected areas, including quarantines of whole villages and counties, are limiting access to food.

The UN World Food Programme is preparing to deliver food to 1 million people over the next three months.

“I think now there is a high vigilance in all countries,” Fadela Chaib, a spokeswoman for WHO, told reporters in Geneva. “I can’t remember the last time we fed 1 million people in a quarantine situation.”

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  • Luca

    If this keeps up, Ebola may very well be more deadly to black people than Chicago.

    • IstvanIN

      Ebola ain’t that deadly.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Sigh…

    Just quarantine the subcontinent and call in Dr. Malthus.

    Real simple…

  • John Ambrose

    Famine, disease, epidemics, war, rhinoceros attacks- since time immemorial Africa’s high birth rate has been kept in check by a high death rate. That’s what the Christian do-gooders and others fail to realize when they try to help these people. Interfering is fruitless and will only result in more misery and more “migrants” looking to invade the West. They wanted independence from the White man so let’s give it to them.

    • propagandaoftruth

      The four rhinoceri of the a pocalypse?

      Give Doctor Malthus a chance. A few generations of his treatment will make the place much nicer for all who survive, as well as for those of us sick of watching it suffer and paying all the bills. Try to save a squeeling wildebeest from a starving lion while yer at it you stupid libtards!

    • Luca

      Mother Nature is working overtime to extinguish them and liberals are constantly interfering with Mother Nature.

      Famine, disease, epidemics, war .. you forgot murder and cannibalism.

  • Adolf Verloc

    Ghastly business. Personally, I feel that the civilized world does have an incentive to sort these filovirus diseases out. Allow this stuff to fester, and sooner or later you’ll have a mutation that will cause a real-world “12 Monkeys.”

  • dd121

    Evolution is about what dies and what lives to spread its genes. This is evolution before our eyes.

  • Pro_Whitey

    An Ebola specialist center named after John F. Kennedy? They need Kennedys like they need a hole in the head.

    • IstvanIN

      The Kennedys certainly put a hole in Uncle Sam’s head.

  • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

    Whatever story is being told by Africans about anything is highly suspect. Are the 17 really back under quarantine. Is the miracle drug treatment really working miracles.

    Doubt any news coming out of Africa unless it’s been verified by a white man or woman.

    • SoulInvictus

      No way in hell did they come up with something that fast unless it’s been sitting in a box for years.

  • Alucard_the_last

    Only 1200 have died? I’m hoping for a higher number….a much higher number.