A thief in Uganda has contracted Ebola after stealing the mobile phone of a hospital patient suffering from the potentially fatal infection.
Security and medical officials in Kibaale District, mid-west Uganda, told the Daily Monitor website that the man went into the isolation ward at Kagadi Hospital and stole a cellular phone from one of the Ebola patients.
The patient, who later died from the hemorrhagic fever, reported the theft.
Police began tracking the thief when he started using the phone, the Daily Monitor reported.
But by the time they found him he had gone to hospital with symptoms similar to those of Ebola.
He reportedly confessed to stealing the phone.
Kibaale District Health Officer Dr Dan Kyamanywa, told the Daily Monitor: “The suspect is admitted at Kagadi Hospital with clinical signs of Ebola.” “He is receiving medication. We have obtained samples from him,” Mr Kyamanywa added.
The Uganda Virus Research Institute is yet to release the results of the tests.
I’m having trouble feeling compassion for this thief. Surely the price of cell phone theft should not be a horrible viral death! I know that logically, but my iPhone addicted brain is saying things like, “Die stupid thief, die! Ha ha ha. Ha! ha.” But before you know it, the architects of insanity will be encapsulating a little puff of Ebola into every cell phone. Was your phone stolen? Don’t worry. Just activate the “kill switch” and not only will your phone be erased, so will the person holding your phone… and that just might be the thief… odds are.