Man Gets Ebola ... From Phone He Stole

And it was worth just $24
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2012 1:47 PM CDT
Updated Sep 1, 2012 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Ugandan thief got a serious lesson in why you shouldn't steal, particularly from people with deadly diseases. After breaking into a hospital isolation ward earlier this month and stealing a cell phone from an Ebola patient, the suspect came down with Ebola himself. The patient, who later died, reported the theft; as police were tracking the thief as he became symptomatic and came to the hospital for treatment. The 40-year-old ultimately confessed to stealing the phone, which is worth just $24, the Daily Monitor reports.

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