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Bodies Of Possible Ebola Victims Found Lying In The Street Of Liberia's Capital

People walk at the closed Red Light market in Monrovia where offices and shops were closed as part of a disinfection campaign
People walk at the closed Red Light market in Monrovia where offices and shops were closed as part of a disinfection campaign against the epidemic of the haemorrhagic fever Ebola on August 1, 2014. The head of the World Health Organization and presidents of the west African countries suffering the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak meet in Guinea today to launch a $100 million (75 million euros) emergency joint response plan. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO (Photo credit should read ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

MONROVIA, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The bodies of two men previously showing symptoms of Ebola lay in the streets of Monrovia for four days before being collected by health workers on Sunday, residents told Reuters.

"They both gave up and dropped dead on the ground on the street of Clara Town," said resident Nema Red, referring to a district of the Liberian capital.

Both men had shown symptoms of Ebola such as bleeding and vomiting before they died but scared locals had refused to take them to the hospital, she added.

Information Minister Lewis Brown confirmed that the bodies had been collected, although he said they had only been there for a few hours. "I can confirm that the bodies were in the street. They have been removed," he said on Sunday. (Reporting by Derick Snyder in Monrovia and Emma Farge in Dakar; Editing by Stephen Powell)