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Liberia: A Quarantine and Curfew in the Capital

Dick Thompson | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC   in 
August 22, 2014

The massive effort to get control of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the most devastating in history with more than 1,350 dead to date, has taken some bizarre turns in Liberia. The country’s government on Tuesday quarantined a slum in Monrovia, the capital, provoking clashes there between angry residents and authorities.

The country’s public health officials had already been reduced to rounding up patients that angry mobs “liberated” from an isolation facility last weekend, imposing a nationwide curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and fighting the pernicious rumor that the hemorrhagic fever still raging through West Africa is a hoax. (Related: Q&A: American Virus Expert in Africa’s Ebola Zone: ‘This is Like War’)


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