An Ebola quarantine center in Liberia was raided over the weekend when a group of armed men went on a looting spree.
Officials say angry residents in the West Point slum broke into the clinic, stealing items including medical equipment, blood-stained sheets, and mattresses, all while claiming “there’s no Ebola” in Liberia.
As many as 20 Ebola patients also fled during the attack and there are now increasing fears of the spread of the deadly virus through one of the capitol’s largest slums.
According to the World Health Organization, Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa so far-- making it the worst outbreak in history. They also say the disease has been vastly underestimated and will require “extraordinary measures” in order to be contained.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public against products sold over the internet claiming to treat or cure the Ebola virus.
The FDA has received numerous complaints from consumers regarding fraudulent drugs, dietary supplements, and other items geared towards the treatment of Ebola.
“Individuals promoting these unapproved and fraudulent products must take immediate action to correct or remove these claims or face potential FDA action,” the agency said.
There are some experimental treatments in development, but the FDA warns they are in the early stages and not yet available for purchase. Currently, there is no known cure or treatment for the Ebola virus.
The World Health Organization also released a statement saying, “Recent intense media coverage of experimental medicines and vaccines is creating some unrealistic expectations, especially in an emotional climate of intense fear.”
Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the two Americans currently being treated in the U.S. with Ebola, were given experimental treatments and both show signs of a slow recovery. While this is a positive sign, officials stress that Ebola is not a significant threat to the U.S. and consumers should be wary of people trying to take advantage.