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Video: Ebola victims bodies’ collected in Liberian capital

© France 24 screen grab / Healthcare workers disinfect the area where a suspected Ebola victim was found

Video by Katerina VITTOZZI

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-08-05

FRANCE 24 followed the Liberian government’s Ebola emergency response team as they collected bodies of suspected victims in the streets of central Monrovia. Watch our video report by clicking on the photo above.

The Liberian government has stepped up its measures to deal with the Ebola epidemic as residents of the West African country fear an outbreak in the capital. Authorities have begun digging graves intended for Ebola victims and the country’s Ministry of Health has set up an emergency response team to collect bodies of suspected Ebola victims in Monrovia.

FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Liberia, Katerina Vittozzi, followed a team of healthcare workers as they removed the body of an elderly woman who had collapsed and died in the street.

"If someone dies in your community the first thing you need to do is call the Ministry of Health because they train people to pick up the body from the street,” Peter Varprall, of the Ebola Emergency Response team, Liberian Ministry of Health, told FRANCE 24.

“If you contact the Ministry of Health, they are going to send an emergency response team to pick up the body and save other people's lives."

Healthcare workers have to wear full protective gear because Ebola victims remain contagious even after their death. They also disinfect the area to make sure the victim’s body fluids – blood, urine, sweat – will not contaminate other people.

This was the third call-out the Ebola emergency response team received on Monday.

The World Health Organisation announced on Monday that the death toll has increased to 887 deaths in Guinea and Sierra Leone, warning of catastrophic consequences if the disease keeps spreading.

Date created : 2014-08-05

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