A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea on Tuesday, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa’s current deadly outbreak.
One Red Cross worker is recovering after being wounded in the neck in Tuesday’s attack in Forecariah, according to a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Family members of the dead initially set upon the six volunteers and vandalised their cars. Eventually a crowd went to the regional health office, where they threw rocks at the building.
The attack is the most recent in a series that have plagued teams working to bury bodies safely, provide information about Ebola and disinfect public places.
The most shocking was the abduction and killing last week in Guinea of eight people – health workers educating people about Ebola and the journalists accompanying them.
Ebola is believed to have infected more than 5,800 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal.
The unprecedented size and sweep of the outbreak have led governments to impose severe measures to control it, like a recent nationwide lockdown in Sierra Leone to look for the sick and spread information.
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