Voice of America (Washington, DC)

5 April 2014

Guinea: Mob Attacks Ebola Treatment Site

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.

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