(NaturalNews) As panic grows from the current Ebola outbreak, which began in Africa and continues to ravage scores of people on the continent, authorities are becoming more resolute in preventing its spread, even adopting extreme measures that involve armed force.
As reported by Sky News, the armed forces of Liberia have been given orders by the government to shoot people trying to cross illegally from the border of neighboring Sierra Leone, which was closed to stem the spread of the disease.
The report said that soldiers stationed in Grand Cape Mount County, which borders Sierra Leone, and in neighboring Bomi County, were to “shoot on sight” anyone trying to cross the border into Liberia, according to a local newspaper, the Daily Observer, which quoted deputy army chief of staff Col. Eric Dennis.
Grand Cape Mount County had 35 known “illegal entry points,” according to immigration commander Col. Samuel Mulbah.
The illegal crossings are a major health threat, Mulbah said, “because we don’t know the health status of those who cross at night.
Researchers not sure how the current outbreak began
As reported by CNN, the current outbreak of Ebola, the worst in the world’s history, “probably” started in a two-year-old in a village in Guinea:
About eight months ago, the toddler, whom researchers believe may have been Patient Zero, suffered fever, black stool and vomiting. Just four days after showing the painful symptoms, the child died on December 6, 2013, according to a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
At present, scientists do not know exactly how the toddler may have contracted the virus. Ebola is spread from animals to humans through infected fluids or tissue.