In Liberia, armed men attacked an Ebola quarantine center, freed the Ebola patients there, and looted everything they could find at the clinic. The looted items even included bloody sheets and mattresses highly likely to contain the contagious and deadly Ebola virus.
This incident creates the perfect storm for a huge Ebola virus outbreak in the region. You have the combination of confirmed Ebola patients who have fled the clinic, and you have infected items that were looted being passed around. On top of that, this all happened near the capital’s largest slum.
30 Ebola patients were staying at the clinic before the attack. Many of them fled while the clinic was under siege. Officials are trying to round them up and then transfer them to the Ebola center at Monrovia’s largest hospital.
Liberian officials had considered putting the entire West Point under quarantine but as of right now that is not going to be the decision. There are over 50,000 residents in West Point.