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Sierra Leone considers repeating Ebola shutdown

AP , Tuesday 23 Sep 2014
Sierra Leone
Police guard a roadblock as Sierra Leone government enforces a three day lock down on movement of all people in an attempt to fight the Ebola virus in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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Sierra Leone's president says authorities are considering another nationwide shutdown after a largely successful one in which teams visited more than 1 million households to hand out information on Ebola and check for sick people.

President Ernest Bai Koroma said on local radio Tuesday that he was "mainly satisfied" with the lockdown. He said they identified many people sickened with Ebola and found bodies of those who had died. He gave no numbers. Authorities are expected to give tallies later in the day.

An Ebola outbreak in West Africa has spiraled into the largest ever. The World Health Organization has linked more than 2,800 deaths and more than 5,800 cases to the disease. But it has warned that even those tolls are likely vast underestimates.

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