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Man Contracts Ebola From Stolen Cell Phone

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ebola-labKIBAALE, Uganda — A 40-year old man is hospitalized after stealing a cell phone from a man dying of Ebola.

It happened earlier this month at Kagadi Hospital in Uganda.

The alleged thief broke into the hospital’s isolation ward and took the from from a patient being treated for the deadly fever.

The patient reported the theft before he died only days later.

Police were able to track the cell phone to the thief.

But before they could arrest him, he showed up at the hospital complaining of symptoms.

In the hospital, the man admitted taking the phone which is worth about $24.

At least 16 people have died an outbreak of the virus struck a remote village in western Uganda in July.

A 3-month-old infant was one of the first victims, and 15 people caught the virus at his funeral, the group Doctors Without Borders reported earlier this month.

The Ebola virus, which can cause Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a highly infectious virus spread through direct contact with bodily fluids.

Symptoms can include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, a measles-like rash, red eyes and, at times, bleeding from body openings.

But diagnosis in an individual who has only recently been infected can be difficult since early symptoms, such as red eyes and skin rash, are seen more frequently in patients who have more common diseases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between 50 percent and 90 percent of those infected with Ebola die within days, and there is no known cure.

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