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Sierra Leone quarantines one million ahead of UN Ebola talks

Freetown - Sierra Leone began a quarantine of more than one million people Thursday in the largest open-ended lockdown in the Ebola outbreak, as world leaders met to discuss the crisis at the United Nations.

S. Leone faces 'overflow' of Ebola dead as curfew ends

Freetown - Millions of Sierra Leoneans emerged from their homes on Monday after a controversial nationwide lockdown during which more than 200 dead bodies and new cases of Ebola infections were uncovered.

Sierra Leone Ebola shutdown uncovers 70 dead in capital

Freetown - Sierra Leone wrapped up its 72-hour shutdown on Sunday, with authorities reporting that the action aimed at containing the Ebola epidemic had uncovered up to 70 dead bodies in and around the capital.

Sierra Leone faces criticism over Ebola shutdown

Freetown - Sierra Leone began the second day of a 72-hour nationwide shutdown aimed at containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus on Saturday amid criticism that the action was a poorly planned publicity stunt.

Western militaries scramble to aid Ebola-hit west Africa

Freetown - Western militaries readied aid missions Friday to help Africa's Ebola-hit nations battle an epidemic which has sparked killings in panicked southern Guinea and forced a nationwide shutdown in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

Freetown - Sierra Leone launched a nationwide three-day shutdown on Friday to contain the deadly spread of an Ebola epidemic described by the UN Security Council as a threat to world peace.

Sierra Leone readies for controversial Ebola shutdown

Freetown - Sierra Leone was preparing on Thursday for an unprecedented three-day nationwide shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move experts claim could worsen the epidemic.

Ebola lockdown 'will not work'

A three-day lockdown announced by Sierra Leone to combat Ebola will not help contain the virus, a leading charity has announced.

Sierra Leone orders three-day shutdown to stall Ebola

Freetown - Sierra Leone said Saturday it will confine people to their homes in a nationwide three-day shutdown later this month aimed at containing the Ebola epidemic threatening west Africa.

Sierra Leone lockdown to fight Ebola

Sierra Leone has declared a three-day "lockdown" in an attempt to tackle the Ebola virus disease. This will mean that from September 19 to 21, people will not be allowed to leave their homes.

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

Freetown - The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

Freetown - The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated on Wednesday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

WHO and Canada pull Ebola health teams out of Sierra Leone

Freetown - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday announced the closing of one of its labs in Sierra Leone after a health care worker became infected with Ebola. At the same time, Canada announced they were recalling their three-member lab team.

UN envoy says 'war' on Ebola could take six more months

Freetown - The UN's Ebola envoy said Monday the fight against the epidemic was a "war" which could take six more months, as its global health body claimed the disease was affecting an "unprecedented" number of medical staff.

DR Congo confirms first Ebola cases

Freetown - The Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed its two first cases of Ebola this year, but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic raging in four countries of West Africa.

Ebola epidemic 'vastly' underestimated: WHO

Freetown - The UN's health agency said the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been vastly underestimated and "extraordinary measures" were needed to contain the disease.

West Africa struggles to deal with Ebola outbreak

Freetown - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa claimed a fourth victim in Nigeria on Thursday while the United States ordered the evacuation of diplomats' families from Sierra Leone and analysts warned of a heavy economic toll on the stricken region.

Guinea declares emergency as W.Africa awaits Ebola drug

Freetown - Guinea declared an Ebola outbreak that has killed 377 in the nation a "health emergency" and more flights from hard-hit west African countries were cancelled as the region awaited shipments of experimental vaccine.

West Africa anxiously awaits experimental Ebola drugs

Freetown - Up to 1,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine were headed for West Africa Wednesday as the world scrambled to halt the spread of the virus which felled dozens more victims this week.

Ebola: First European dies from deadly disease in Spain

Madrid - A Spanish priest, working as a missionary who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Liberia has died in a hospital in Madrid.
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