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Village of 1,000 sealed off over Ebola

  • 4 September 2015
  • From the section Africa
People wait to be released from Ebola quarantine in the village of Massessehbeh on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone on Aug. 14, 2015,Image copyright AP
Image caption The last quarantined village was reopened by Sierra Leone’s president in August

Nearly 1,000 people in Sierra Leone have been put under quarantine following the death of a 67-year-old woman who tested positive for Ebola.

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It comes five days into a six-week countdown for the country to be officially declared Ebola-free.

The quarantine will last for three weeks, provided no new cases are recorded.

More than 11,000 people have died since the start of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

The BBC’s Umaru Fofana in the capital, Freetown, says the authorities had been optimistic after a long period without any new Ebola cases and this took them off-guard.

Our correspondent says the quarantine is stricter than previous ones. It includes a curfew in which people will not be allowed to move from one house to another.

Soldiers and police have been deployed to keep the quarantine in the village in Kambia on the northern border with Guinea.

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The World Health Organization and Sierra Leone’s health ministry are planning a vaccination programme for those who could have come into contact with the woman.

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