Red Cross team attacked in Guinea

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 24, 2014 at 9:41 a.m.



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CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — A Red Cross team has been attacked in the West African country of Guinea -- in the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control the outbreak of Ebola.

The team had been collecting bodies believed to be infected with the disease. They were attacked by family members of the dead. One of the volunteers is recovering from a neck wound.

Last week, a team of several health officials and journalists in Guinea was abducted and killed. They had been educating people on how to avoid contracting Ebola.

Ebola is believed to have infected more than 5,800 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal. The outbreak has grown into the world's largest ever for the disease, partially because it went undetected for months.

Efforts to control the disease have been hampered by resistance -- ranging from outright denials that Ebola exists to fears that the very people sent to combat it are in fact carriers.

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APPHOTO ALIB104: People protest against the governments lack of help to the public with the Ebola virus in their communities, outside the Liberian House of Representative in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. U.S. health officials Tuesday presented worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, calculating that as many as 1.4 million people could be sickened in two countries alone by mid-January — or the outbreak could be winding down by then, if control efforts substantially increase. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh) (23 Sep 2014)

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