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Doctors without Borders attacked by mob in Guinea


From Al Jazeera…

An angry crowd attacked a treatment centre in Guinea where staff from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were working to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, forcing it to shut down, a spokesman for the medical charity said.

“We have evacuated all our staff and closed the treatment centre,” Sam Taylor told Reuters news agency on Friday, adding that the attackers in Macenta, around 425km southeast of the capital Conakry, had accused MSF of bringing the disease to the southeastern town.

“We have the full support of the local leaders and we’re working with the authorities to try and resolve this problem as quickly as possible so we can start treating people again,” he said, declining to give further details of the incident.

More than 90 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia in what MSF has warned could turn into an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with poor health services.