West African Ebola outbreak

Runaway Ebola Patient Is Bundled Into Back Of Monrovia Ambulance After He Turned Up Looking For Food At Local Market

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A man suffering from Ebola was bundled into the back of an ambulance after he caused mass panic at a market in Liberia when he wandered in looking for food.

The unidentified man walked into a market in the capital Monrovia only to be chased from the area by panicked shoppers. Attempting to make off with loaves of bread, the man is then chased down the road by men wearing yellow protection suits, who eventually catch him and bundle him into the back of a UNICEF vehicle.

Fear: The hungry Ebola patient (red shirt) wandered into the market to get food, causing shoppers to panic

The hungry Ebola patient (red shirt) wandered into the market to get food, causing shoppers to panic.

Threat: The unidentified man walked into a market in the capital Monrovia - which has been badly hit by the worst ever outbreak of the disease - in order to find something to eat

By any means necessary: With locals panicking at the thought of a highly contagious Ebola patient on the loose, the health workers use force to bundle him into the UNICEF vehicle 

With locals panicking at the thought of a highly contagious Ebola patient on the loose, the health workers use force to bundle him into the UNICEF vehicle.

The footage emerged as it was revealed that food in countries hit by the West African Ebola outbreak is becoming increasingly expensive and difficult to find, as farmers are barred from accessing their fields in order to prevent the disease spreading, a UN food agency has warned. Those countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone all rely on grain from abroad to feed their people, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Making off with loaves of bread, the man is then chased down the road by men wearing yellow protection suits

Making off with loaves of bread, the man is then chased down the road by men wearing yellowprotection suits.

Taking no chances: The heavily protected health workers eventually catch up with the runaway Ebola patient

The heavily protected health workers eventually catch up with the runaway Ebola patient.

In one market in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, the price of cassava root, a staple in many West African diets, was up 150%. ‘Even prior to the Ebola outbreak, households in some of the affected areas were spending up to 80% of their incomes on food,’ said Vincent Martin, who is co-ordinating the agency’s response to the crisis. ‘Now these latest price spikes are effectively putting food completely out of their reach.’

The UN has said 1.3 million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will need help feeding themselves in coming months. The situation looks likely worsen, FAO said, because restrictions on movement are preventing labourers from accessing farms, and the harvest of rice and corn is set to begin in a few weeks. The World Health Organisation is asking countries to lift border closures because they are preventing supplies from reaching people in desperate need.

Ivory Coast decided last night to keep its borders with Guinea and Liberia closed but said it would open a humanitarian corridor to allow supplies in. The news comes as Ivory Coast’s football association said it will host the country’s African Nations Cup qualifier against Sierra Leone this weekend following a special national security council meeting. The decision, announced in a government statement published in local media today, comes one week after the government said it would not allow the match to go ahead, citing health concerns.

As of August 29, the World Health Organization had confirmed 935 cases of the deadly virus in Sierra Leone – including 380 deaths – though that number is likely to have since risen.

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No escape: The medics cling on to the back of the vehicle as it pulls away to stop the man climbing back out

The medics cling on to the back of the vehicle as it pulls away to stop the man climbing back out.

Anger: Furious Monrovia residents chase the vehicle down the road as a warning to the man not to return

 Furious Monrovia residents chase the vehicle down the road as a warning to the man not to return.

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