Suspected Ebola patients flee from Saudi health clinic

The East African nationals allegedly ran away when a doctor requested they were transferred to hospital after showing signs of the fatal disease
Suspected Ebola patients flee from Saudi health clinic
In this handout from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Ebola virus virion is seen. (Getty Images)
By Courtney Trenwith
Tue 19 Aug 2014 11:56 AM

Two patients with suspected symptoms of the Ebola virus allegedly ran away from a rural health centre in Saudi Arabia, local media has reported.

An official at the centre told Arab News the African nationals feared being arrested.

“The two African nationals, who did not have residency permits or any other documentation, came to see the doctor at the health centre, complaining of difficulty breathing and bleeding while passing urine,” the official was quoted as saying.

The patients allegedly ran away when they were asked to produce their residency permits and were yet to complete a thorough examination, the newspaper said.

A doctor had instructed the centre to transfer them to a hospital before they ran away.

Police were informed and are searching for the patients.

The Health Affairs Directorate in Madinah said the patients were from East Africa, a region not affected by Ebola, although their precise nationality had not been identified.

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