Highway Bandits Steal Blood Vials Believed To Contain Ebola Virus

November 24, 2014 6:58 AM

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A roadway robbery in Guinea resulted in an alarming haul this week, as thieves made off with cash, personal items — and a batch of Red Cross blood samples from patients believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

The samples were taken from a Red Cross courier, one of nine passengers in the taxi. The taxi was on its way from central Guinea to an Ebola test site in the south. Now, officials are making pleas to the thieves over the radio, asking that they return the cooler carrying the samples.

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