Escaped Ebola patients ‘taken to church’

More details have emerged about the Ebola patients removed from isolation earlier this week.

The BBC’s Anne Soy, who has been in the Democratic Republic of Congo reporting on the outbreak, says the three people were removed from a treatment centre in the city of Mbandaka by their families on Monday evening.

The World Health Organization’s emergency communications officer Eugene Kabambi told the BBC the relatives demanded to take them to church for prayers.

The three were then whisked away on motorbikes, sparking an immediate police hunt.

Two of the patients later died and the third one has now returned to the isolation unit ran by the medical charity MSF.

The families of the three patients are being monitored and some of them have been vaccinated against the disease.

This incident presents a new challenge for health workers trying to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

So far, 27 people are believed to have died of Ebola, with at least 58 cases reported.

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