Ebola patient escapes Liberia quarantine, chased in market

The man in the red shirt has Ebola and has just escaped quarantine in Monrovia. He’s searching for food and armed with a stick, trying to avoid medical staff who are in pursuit. The man has just escaped Monrovia’s Elwa hospital, which is overcrowded and struggling to provide Ebola patients with food and water. Locals are both sympathetic and frustrated. SOUNDBITE: Liberian woman saying: “The patients are hungry, they are starving. No food, no water. .” SOUNDBITE: Liberian man saying: “We told the Liberian government from the beginning, we do not want Ebola camp here. Today makes it the fifth Ebola patient coming outside vomiting and toiletting.” After a tense stand-off, the man is surrounded by medical personnel and a doctor, and is eventually bundled into an ambulance. Liberia has the highest Ebola infection rate in this latest outbreak, with around 700 deaths out of more than 1300 suspected and confirmed cases.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.