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Mob Attacks Ebola Treatment Site in Guinea

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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.

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

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