Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ebola: Relatives of Infected Victims in Liberia Dump Bodies on the Streets

Last night the President of Liberia – where victims have been dragged into the streets and abandoned – announced a state of emergency with the Army setting up road blocks for 'Operation White Shield'.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said her countrymen were still refusing to send sick relatives to isolation centres, massively increasing the spread of the epidemic.

'Ignorance and poverty, as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices, continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease', she said.

And enforced quarantines have met resistance in Sierra Leone, where 750 soldiers have been deployed to the Ebola-ravaged east as part of 'Operation Octopus.'

Ebola is one of the world's deadliest viruses and causes some victims to bleed from the eyes, mouth and ears.

It can only be transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is sick – for example, blood, semen, saliva, urine, feces or sweat.

The current outbreak has been by far the most deadly since the virus was identified in 1976, according to the World Health Organisation.