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Bodies Dumped In Streets – To Avoid Ebola Quarantines

From the Republican fear-mongers at Reuters:

Bodies dumped in streets as West Africa struggles to curb Ebola

By Clair MacDougall and Daniel Flynn | August 5, 2014

MONROVIA/DAKAR (Reuters) – Relatives of Ebola victims in Liberia defied government orders and dumped infected bodies in the streets as West African governments struggled to enforce tough measures to curb an outbreak of the virus that has killed 887 people…

In… Sierra Leone and Liberia, where the outbreak is now spreading fastest, authorities deployed troops to quarantine the border areas where 70 percent of cases have been detected.

They are closing their borders?! Isn’t that discriminating against an innocent disease? Naturally, we aren’t closing our airports to flights from any Ebola countries. (That would be discriminatory and racist.)

[Sierra Leone and Liberia and Nigeria] announced a raft of tough measures last week to contain the disease, shutting schools and imposing quarantines on victim’s homes, amid fears the incurable virus would overrun healthcare systems in one of the world’s poorest regions.

Why bother? We are told that Ebola is very difficult to contract by experts on practically an hourly basis.

In Liberia’s ramshackle ocean-front capital Monrovia, still scarred by a 1989-2003 civil war, relatives of Ebola victims were dragging bodies onto the dirt streets rather than face quarantine, officials said.

Information Minister Lewis Brown said some people may be alarmed by regulations imposing the decontamination of victims’ homes and the tracking of their friends and relatives. With less than half of those infected surviving the disease, many Africans regard Ebola isolation wards as death traps.

This sounds like a story from the plague years during the Middle Ages.

"They are therefore removing the bodies from their homes and are putting them out in the street. They’re exposing themselves to the risk of being contaminated," Brown told Reuters. "We’re asking people to please leave the bodies in their homes and we’ll pick them up."

Brown said authorities had begun cremating bodies on Sunday, after local communities opposed burials in their neighborhoods, and had carried out 12 cremations on Monday. Meanwhile, in the border region of Lofa County, troops were deployed on Monday night to start isolating effected communities there.

"We hope it will not require excessive force, but we have to do whatever we can to restrict the movement of people out of affected areas," Brown said…

British Airways said it was suspending flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of the month due to public health concerns…

As have several countries. But not the US, of course.

The current outbreak of the highly contagious virus has so far killed around 55 percent of those known to have caught it, and experts expect the percentage to rise once more victims succumb and the data is tallied up.

And yet we’re told it isn’t very contagious.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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