Ebola Panic

Violence and Chaos Ensue as Panic Spreads in Liberia (PHOTOS)

The West Point neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia has been quarantined by the government in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola. But what of the residents there?

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Family members of West Point district commissioner Miata Flowers flee the slum while being escorted by the Ebola Task Force on August 20, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. The military was called in to extract the commissioner and her family members from the seaside town after residents blamed the government for setting up a holding center for suspected Ebola patients in their community. A mob overran and closed the facility on August 16. The military also began enforcing a quarrantine on West Point, a congested slum of 75,000, fearing a spread of the epidemic. The Ebola virus has killed more than 1,200 people in four African nations, more in Liberia than any other country.

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Liberian security forces, part of the country's Ebola Task Force, enforce a quarantine on the West Point slum in Monrovia, Liberia. 

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A Liberian Army soldier, part of the Ebola Task Force, beats a local resident while enforcing a quarantine on the West Point slum.

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A family member waits for health workers to arrive where a woman's body lay in her home in an impoverished and flooded neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia. Health workers determined that the woman had died of other causes. Teams are picking up bodies from all over the capital of Monrovia, where the spread of the Ebola virus has been called catastrophic.

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A burial team from the Liberian health department sprays disinfectant over the body of a woman suspected of dying of the Ebola virus.

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Umu Fambulle stands over her husband Ibrahim after he staggered and fell, knocking him unconscious in an Ebola ward in Monrovia. People suspected of contracting the Ebola virus are being sent by Liberian health workers to the center, a closed primary school originally built by USAID.

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People watch as a son prepares his father to be taken to an Ebola isolation center in Monrovia. Larger facililities are being constructed to house the surging number of patients.

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A very sick Saah Exco, 10, lies in a back alley of the West Point slum in Monrovia. The boy was one of the patients that was pulled out of a holding center for suspected Ebola patients when the facility was overrun by a mob on Saturday. A local clinic Tuesday refused to treat the boy, according to residents, because of the danger of infection. 

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Men drink locally made alcohol after a toast in a bar in the West Point favella. Poor sanitation and close living quarters have contributed to the spead of the Ebola virus.

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A girl whose father died earlier in the morning lies sick in West Point. Ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids, often when people are caring for a sick family member.

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A Liberian burial team, all wearing protective clothing, retrieves the body of a 60-year-old Ebola victim in his home on Aug. 17. 

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Tawah Fayiah, 54, lies sick in bed while awaiting transport from her one-room home to an Ebola isolation ward.