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Highway robbers steal ‘Ebola infected blood’ by mistake

24 Nov

Metro

An health worker from Guinea's Red Cross wearing a Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) leaves the house of a victim of the Ebola virus in Patrice disitrict in Macenta, in Guinea on November 21, 2014.  The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has killed more than 5,000 people in west Africa and infected almost three times that number, according to the World Health Organization. The virus emerged in Guinea at the start of the year and has infected around 1,900 Guineans, killing almost 1,200. AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images Guinea is struggling to keep up with the Ebola virus (Picture: AFP/Getty)

A group of highway robbers in Guinea may have got more than they bargained for.

They escaped with blood samples thought to be infected with Ebola.

Authorities have appealed on national radio for the bandits to hand over the samples which were stolen from a taxi on its way to a test site.

The samples were in the care of a Red Cross courier when they were taken.

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Faya Etienne Tolno, a spokesman for the red cross, said: ‘We don’t understand why they stole the blood sample. Perhaps they thought…

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