Via The Guardian, more from Reuters on this case: Sierra Leone hunts for Ebola victim after patient snatched from hospital. Excerpt:
Officials in Sierra Leone have appealed for help to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola, whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after she tested positive for the deadly virus.
Radio stations in Freetown, a city of about 1 million people, broadcast the appeal on Friday to locate a woman who tested positive for the disease, which has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak was first identified in February.
"Saudatu Koroma of 25 Old Railway Line, Brima Lane, Wellington," the announcement said. "She is a positive case and her being out there is a risk to all. We need the public to help us locate her."
Koroma, 32, a resident of the densely populated Wellington district, had been admitted to an isolation ward while blood samples were tested for the virus, said Sidi Yahya Tunis, a health ministry spokesman. The results came back on Thursday.
"The family of the patient stormed the hospital and forcefully removed her and took her away," Tunis said. "We are searching for her."
Fighting one of the world's deadliest diseases is straining the region's fragile health systems, while a lack of information and suspicion of medical staff has led many to shun treatment.
Earlier this year, a man in Freetown tested positive for Ebola, although he is believed to have caught it elsewhere.
According to health ministry data and officials, dozens of people confirmed by laboratory tests to have Ebola are now unaccounted for in Sierra Leone, where the majority of cases have been recorded in the country's east.
While international medical organisations have deployed experts to the field in an attempt to contain the outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said poor health infrastructure and a lack of personnel were hindering their efforts.
"We're seeing many of these facilities simply don't have enough people to provide the constant level of care needed," Paul Garwood, a WHO spokesman, told a news briefing in Geneva on Friday.