At least 29 ebola patients have reportedly fled a treatment centre in Liberia after it was attacked by armed men.
“They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled,” Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack, told AFP news agency.
Local residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberia confirmed the attack had taken place.
The looting of the centre came as Kenya closed its borders to travellers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone because of fears about the spread of ebola.
National carrier Kenya Airways said it was suspending its flights to Monrovia and Freetown from Wednesday.
Atleast 1,145 people have died across West Africa this year because of the world’s worst-ever outbreak of the virus.
Medical charity Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, on Friday warned ebola was spreading faster than authorities could handle and could take six months to bring under control.
Ebola is spread by contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids, such as sweat and blood, and no cure or vaccine is currently available.
The last days of a victim’s life can be grim, with agonising muscular pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and catastrophic haemorrhaging as vital organs break down.