News / Africa

Mob Attacks Ebola Treatment Site in Guinea

VOA News
The Guinean government appealed for calm Saturday, after a mob attacked a center where Ebola virus victims were being treated.

The attack took place in the southern town of Macenta on Friday, at a center run by Doctors Without Borders.

Witnesses say some of the attackers accused the international relief group of bringing the deadly virus to the region.

The incident forced Doctors Without Borders to suspend treatment at the site and evacuate its team.

In a Saturday statement, the government urged citizens to support international relief workers. It said they were "partners" in the country's effort to eradicate the Ebola epidemic.

The World Health Organization says at least 93 people have died from Ebola in West Africa, the vast majority in Guinea.

The highly infectious virus spreads through contact with bodily fluids.

This is the first major outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Previous outbreaks have occurred in central African countries, including Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some information for this report comes from AP and AFP.

You May Like

Koreas Mark 61st Anniversary of War Armistice

Muted observances on both sides of heavily-armed Demilitarized Zone that separates two decades-long enemies More

Judge Declares Washington DC Ban on Public Handguns Unconstitutional

Ruling overturns capital city's prohibition on carrying guns in pubic More

Pricey Hepatitis C Drug Draws Criticism

Activists are using the International AIDS Conference to criticize drug companies for charging high prices for life-saving therapies More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: peter from: usa/westafrica
April 06, 2014 10:48 PM
Doctors without borders? Ofcourse the germ warfare is continuing. There was never ebola issues in westafrica? Suddenly there are lots of ebolas and international doctors want to solve it?
Why are those doctors not the people spreading diseases in Africa? Those medications that will be given, contain the very viruses they claim to be stop. The people know those deadly tricks; it warfare?


by: bill from: seattle
April 05, 2014 6:16 PM
Ignorance is the same everywhere. We have many such ignorant people in the United States. Typically, religion is the cause.

In Response

by: Cranksy from: USA
April 07, 2014 12:31 AM
Bill, I have a hunch and hope you would agree that an example of ignorance is the people in our country who don't believe that President Obama was born in the USA.

In Response

by: Joe
April 05, 2014 9:33 PM
Bill, you're comment is ignorant because you're being anti-religious.
The article doesn't even say anything about what religion this mob of attackers were. What if they are atheists? Now, Bill, you go and share a hole with Daryll.


by: Paul Davis from: Western US
April 05, 2014 4:07 PM
The biggest disease threat to humanity is ignorance, and religion and superstition have dealt a deadly hand of it to most African countries. Sad.


by: Donaldo from: Chicago
April 05, 2014 3:39 PM
If this were anyplace else in the world I would say it is so stupid, but in Africa I suppose it somehow makes sense.

In Response

by: tim from: dallas
April 05, 2014 6:43 PM
Darryl, posting something incredibly stupid twice doesn't make it any less incredibly stupid.

In Response

by: Bil from: Seattle
April 05, 2014 6:28 PM
@Darryl from Seattle (I'm super embarrassed by that fact)

You say this is "typically African"? Honestly, you sound like someone who would have difficulty finding Africa on a map.
What specific expertise do you have on the African continent, its 55 nations, its history, its people?

In Response

by: Bill from: Seattle
April 05, 2014 6:17 PM
A girl died from gangrene in the US recently, because her parents refused to treat her - Christians... Tell me that ignorance doesn't exist everywhere.

In Response

by: Darryl from: Seattle
April 05, 2014 4:45 PM
This is stupidity yet, sounds typically African-- blame an innocent person and avoid responsibility for your self- I'm not saying all Africans are stupid. Far from it but its always the same refrain "someone else is doing this to us"

In Response

by: Darryl from: Seattle
April 05, 2014 4:45 PM
This is stupidity yet, sounds typically African-- blame an innocent person and avoid responsibility for your self- I'm not saying all Africans are stupid. Far from it but its always the same refrain "someone else is doing this to us"


by: Gavin from: Terra, Sol, Milky way
April 05, 2014 3:35 PM
Wow. Words fail me. Well It is doubtfull that the disease will be brought under control now.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Students in Business for Themselvesi
X
Mike O'Sullivan
July 26, 2014 11:04 AM
They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
Video

Video Airline Expert: Missile will Show Signature on Debris

The debris field from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is spread over a 21-kilometer radius in eastern Ukraine. It is expected to take investigators months to sort through the airplane pieces to learn about the missile that brought down the jetliner and who fired it. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains how this work will be done.
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

AppleAndroid