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8 Members Of Ebola Awareness Team Murdered In Rural Guinea

News outlets report on the murders of eight Ebola workers who were attempting to educate citizens in Guinea.

New York Times: Fear of Ebola Drives Mob to Kill Officials in Guinea
“The bodies of eight officials and journalists who went to a remote village in Guinea to dispel rumors about the deadly Ebola outbreak gripping the region were discovered after a rock-hurling mob attacked the delegation, claiming that it had come to spread the illness, a government spokesman said Thursday…” (Callimichi, 9/18).

Reuters: Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team
“Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday…” (Samb/Felix, 9/18).

Washington Post: Eight dead in attack on Ebola team in Guinea. ‘Killed in cold blood.’
“…Throughout this epidemic, public health officials have battled widespread fear and even doubts that the virus exists at all. The deadly attack illustrates the danger that health workers face as they try to spread information about the virus in an effort to control the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history…” (Philip, 9/18).

Washington Post: Why the brutal murder of several Ebola workers may hint at more violence to come
“…It was the most horrific act of Ebola-related violence to date in any of the affected countries. But it was far from the first display of local aggression. As the numbers of dead has surged, so has the violence: from an attack on a Guinea medical center in early April through the brandishing of knives in July to this week’s murders. The dangers under which health workers try to function appear to be heightening, as frightened locals continue to blame doctors for perpetuating the virus. And as Ebola spreads — 700 more cases were announced this week and the number of dead doubled this month — so may the acts of violence…” (McCoy, 9/19).

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