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Liberia, Sierra Leone Declare Emergency Measures To Stem Ebola Outbreak

Three of the four countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa implement precautions and ask for assistance.

Financial Times: Liberia declares emergency measures to contain Ebola outbreak
“…In a statement, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, announced mandatory quarantine for several villages and counties that have been affected by the deadly virus…” (Blas, 7/30).

Reuters: Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves three countries
“Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus…” (Lewis/Farge, 7/30).

Agence France-Presse: Ebola-hit Sierra Leone declares state of emergency
“Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency on Thursday as countries across the world announced stringent new security measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic…” (Johnson, 7/31).

Associated Press: S. Leone declares health emergency amid Ebola
“The president of Sierra Leone declared a public health emergency as the Ebola crisis blamed for nearly 700 deaths deepened across West Africa, vowing to quarantine sick patients at home and conduct house-to-house searches for others who may have been exposed…” (Roy-Macaulay, 7/31).

Financial Times: Sierra Leone declares Ebola virus public health emergency
“Sierra Leone has joined Liberia in introducing sweeping measures to contain an outbreak of Ebola virus that has killed nearly 700 people in West Africa, in a sign that governments are stepping up their response after months of indecision…” (Blas, 7/31).

Reuters: Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over Ebola
“Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine epicenters of Ebola on Thursday, joining Liberia in imposing tough controls to curb the worst ever outbreak of the virus amid fears it could spread beyond West Africa…” (Fofana/Kpodo, 7/31).

Agence France-Presse: Nigerians plead for foreign help as Ebola fears spread
“Standing just a few hundred meters from the Lagos hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola, John Ejiofor pleaded for the world to help contain a spread of the virus raging across West Africa. … Nigerian officials have sought to limit panic since announcing [the man’s] death, but mixed messages from the federal health ministry and Lagos state officials have caused confusion among the media and public…” (Agoi, 7/30).

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