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Sierra Leone, Liberia erect Ebola blockades

Liberian soldiers have set up a blockade stopping people from western regions affected by the Ebola outbreak from entering the capital, Monrovia.
It follows the president’s declaration of a 90-day state of emergency to tackle the outbreak that has killed more than 930 people in West Africa this year.
The military blockade is stopping people from western regions of Grand Cape Mount and Bomi, where Ebola is prevalent, from entering the capital.
These counties largely rely on Monrovia for their goods – and the blockade means that the cities of Robertsport and Tubmanburg are now cut off. One Tubmanburg resident phoned into a radio show to complain that rice, the national staple, was already in short supply in the market.
In Sierra Leone the security forces have now imposed a complete blockade of eastern areas hit by Ebola.
Health experts are meeting at the World Health Organization in Switzerland, Geneva to decide whether to declare a global health emergency.
Credit : BBC

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