August 3rd, 2012
08:34 AM ET

Prisoner with suspected case of Ebola escapes from hospital in Uganda

One of five prisoners receiving treatment for a suspected case of Ebola virus in Uganda escaped overnight Friday from the hospital at the center of the outbreak, a health official said.

"Should his results come back and he is positive, that causes us a lot of worry. So right now, we have resolved that the remaining prisoners will be cuffed on the beds for fear that they might also escape," said Dr. Jackson Amune, commissioner at the Ministry of Health.

The five inmates from Kibaale prison are among 30 people at Kagadi hospital with suspected cases of the virus. Two additional patients have confirmed cases, according to Doctors Without Borders.

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  1. banasy©

    I should think that the prisoners would have been cuffed to the beds being they were prisoners; maybe their protocol is different...
    If his test is found positive, it doesn't bode well...

    August 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr Dalloway

    I just don't know what to say behind this.

    August 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TvNyC

    Too bad this guy is spreading the disease. It could be worse, it could have happened in the USA

    August 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |