Via Thomson Reuters, a discouraging report: Red Cross suspends Guinea Ebola treatment after staff attacked. Excerpt:
The Red Cross said it has suspended its Ebola operations in southeast Guinea, where an epidemic of the virus has killed hundreds of people, after its staff were threatened by a group of naked men armed with knives.
The incident in Gueckedou, 1,335 kms (830 miles) south of Dakar, follows a series of attacks against international health workers who have been accused of bringing the disease to Guinea. A Medicins Sans Frontieres centre in nearby Macenta was attacked by youths two months ago.
The outbreak of the deadly disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is the largest and deadliest ever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which has reported 467 deaths from 759 known cases since February.
“Locals wielding knives surrounded a marked Red Cross vehicle. We've suspended operations for safety reasons. I imagine this won't be the last time this happens," a Red Cross official said. The attackers were naked, he added.
The Red Cross has launched emergency response operations in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and preparedness operations in Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal.
The suspension of the Red Cross's operations in Guinea came on the eve of a meeting in Ghana on Wednesday of 11 health ministers from West Africa to discuss how to stop the spread of the virus.
The outbreak in West Africa has left some of the world's poorest states, with porous borders and weak health systems undermined by war and misrule, grappling with one of the most lethal and contagious diseases on the planet.