NEWS
08/18/2014 08:42 EDT | Updated 10/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Liberia: Some who fled Ebola quarantine centre during looting have moved to another hospital

MONROVIA, Liberia - An official says some of the people who fled an Ebola quarantine centre when it was looted in Liberia's capital are again under observation.

Late Saturday, residents of Monrovia's West Point slum attacked a quarantine centre, where people were being monitored for possible infection with Ebola. Up to 30 of these suspected Ebola patients fled during the raid, when items including bloody sheets and mattresses were stolen.

Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said that at least some of the suspected patients were again being monitored at a hospital on Monday. It was not clear how they had been identified.

Liberian authorities have struggled to contain the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa and there are concerns that the raid will fuel the infection's spread.