An individual in Sierra Leone who is said to be the first resident to have been infected with Ebola Virus in the country, is reportedly on the run.
The woman’s family “forcibly removed” her from a Freetown hospital after she was diagnosed with the deadly disease, Reuters reports.
Radio stations in Freetown broadcast the following appeal today, urging the public to help in efforts to track down the patient:
“Saudatu Koroma of 25 Old Railway Line, Brima Lane, Wellington…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, who is 32-years-old, was admitted into an isolation ward while blood samples were being taken for testing. The result, which came out positive, was revealed to her and her family on Thursday. Since then, she has been on the run.
“The family of the patient stormed the hospital and forcefully removed her and took her away…We are searching for her, ” said Health ministry spokesman Sidi Yahya Tunis.
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