Two men, whose dead bodies were lying on the streets of Monrovia in Liberia for four days, were said to have been inflicted with the Ebola virus, after they were seen to have been exhibiting symptoms of the virus.
Their dead bodies were collected by health officials from the city, after they were lying on the streets for four days. This might have caused the deadly virus to spread to more people, although authorities are yet to find out, who within the locality might have contracted it.
"They both gave up and dropped dead on the ground, on the street of Clara Town," said Nema Red, who is a resident in the area, to Reuters.
Red said both these men were showing symptoms of the Ebola virus, as they were vomiting and bleeding, before they dropped dead. The locals of the neighbourhood were afraid to come into contact with the bodies, as they were afraid that they themselves could contract the contagious virus. Thus, nobody could muster up the courage to take them to the hospital.
"I can confirm that the bodies were in the street," said Lewis Brown, Information Minister of Liberia. "They have been removed."
However, according to Brown, the two bodies were collected by the health officials, merely a few hours after they died.
Ebola-stricken US Doctor Improving
Top health officials from the US believe that the US doctor, who had contracted the Ebola virus, while working in Liberia, has contracted the deadly disease.
Dr Kent Brantly was flown in from Ebola-hit Liberia, on Saturday, to Atlanta. He has been undergoing treatment at a hospital in Atlanta ever since. He is currently being treated at the Emory University Hospital, by Infectious Disease Specialists.
"It's encouraging that he seems to be improving – that's really important – and we're hoping that he'll continue to improve," said Dr Tom Frieden, who is the Director of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, to Reuters.
Dr Brantly (33), who works at the Christian Organization, Samaritan's Purse, is also a father of two. He went out to Liberia to help out in the Ebola-virus outbreak in the West African countries, from where he contracted the virus.
The Ebola virus, which is being called the most deadly outbreak, has already killed more than 700 people in North Africa, since February. The mortality rate of this virus is over 60 per cent.