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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Protesters attack Liberia Ebola unit

Efforts to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus seems to be in real danger as a quarantine centre for suspected Ebola patients in the Liberian capital Monrovia has been attacked and looted by protesters.

Police say the incident happened in the densely populated West Point township on Saturday evening.

At least 20 patients who were being monitored for signs of the illness have left the centre.

The BBC quotes the assistant health minister as saying that protesters were unhappy that patients were being brought in from other parts of the capital.

Other reports suggested the protesters believed Ebola was a hoax and wanted to force the quarantine centre to close.

Officials said blood-stained bedding was looted from the centre.

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