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Liberia: Missing quarantined patients are found

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 19, 2014 at 7:56 a.m.

MONROVIA, Liberia — All the people who were being screened for Ebola when they fled a health center during looting are now back in a hospital, a Liberian official said Tuesday.

The patients ran away when an Ebola holding facility was ransacked in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, on Saturday night, raising fears that the deadly virus might spread into the densely populated slum surrounding it. Information Minister Lewis Brown said Tuesday that the last 17 people who were missing are now in a treatment center at the capital's major hospital.

The people who fled have not yet been confirmed with Ebola; they were in the holding center because they were at risk of getting the disease. Brown said they are now being tested.

During the looting, residents of the West Point slum stole bloody sheets and mattresses, which could spread the disease further. It is not clear where those items are.

Read Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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