* Scores of patients, fearing death, shun treatment centres
* Guinea forest communities try to shut out health workers
* Many see Ebola as “death sentence”, avoid hospitals
* Disposal of Ebola victims disrupts burial practices
By Saliou Samb and Adam Bailes
CONAKRY, Guinea/KENEMA, Sierra Leone, July 13 (Reuters) – G overnments and health agencies trying to contain the world’s deadliest ever Ebola epidemic in West Africa fear the contagion could be worse than reported because suspicious locals are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment.
From Guinea, where the four-month-old outbreak claimed the first of more than 500 lives, to Sierra Leone, scores of patients are hiding away, believing hospitalisation is a “death sentence”.
In Guinea’s southeastern Forest Region some terrified villagers are shutting off their communities to medical workers, even blocking roads and downing bridges.
Over the border in Liberia’s Lofa County, health workers trying to screen two communities for the deadly disease were chased off by locals armed with cutlasses, knives, and stones, according to an internal U.N. report seen by Reuters. continue reading Reuters article