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Ebola outbreak: Guinea health team killed

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'Nine members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea, officials say.   'Some of the bodies - of health workers, local officials and journalists - were found in a septic tank in a village school near the city of Nzerekore.   'Correspondents say many villagers are suspicious of official attempts to combat the disease...   'The team disappeared after being pelted with stones by residents when they arrived in the village of Wome - in southern Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak was first recorded.   'A journalist who managed to escape told reporters that she could hear villagers looking for them while she was hiding...   'The bodies showed signs of being attacked with machetes and clubs, officials say.   'Seven bodies were found in the septic tank and two more in the bush...   'The motive for the killings has not been confirmed, but the BBC's Makeme Bamba in Guinea's capital, Conakry, says many villagers accuse the health workers of spreading the disease. Others still do not believe that the disease exists.'
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BBC
Year published: 
2014
Month published: 
September