Via The Washington Post, an Associated Press report: Sierra Leone warns of contact with Ebola infected. Excerpt:
Sierra Leone warned Friday that it is a serious crime to shelter someone infected with the ebola virus.
The statement from the Health Ministry also lamented the fact that a number of patients had discharged themselves from hospital in Kenema district where the outbreak is taking place and gone into hiding.
According to the World Health Organization, there are 176 people infected with the ebola virus in Sierra Leone and at least 46 fatalities in what is being called the worst outbreak of the deadly disease across three West African countries.
“The Health Ministry wishes the general public to know that any person who obstructs or interferes with the performance of the medical team in any of the ebola observation and treatment centers, would be guilty of an offence and liable to punishment,” said the statement, highlighting the challenges faced by those combating the disease in remote areas.
In some villages, health workers have been attacked after rumors spread that it the drugs they dispense actually caused the disease.