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Ebola: Liberia orders curfew, quarantine

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Liberia has imposed a night-time curfew and has
quarantined a slum in the capital Monrovia in a bid
to halt the deadly Ebola outbreak.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the curfew would
be from 21:00 local time to 06:00 (21:00-06:00 GMT).
She said all movement would be blocked in and out
of the West Point slum.

Meanwhile, three doctors with Ebola who started
taking an experimental drug last week showed
remarkable signs of improvement, a Liberian
minister said.

Information Minister Lewis Brown said the
government only received a small number of ZMapp
doses.

He said the drug was given to one Nigerian and two
Liberian doctors who had caught Ebola while helping
to save the lives of other victims of the virus.

The drug was first given earlier this month to two US
aid workers, who were flown home for treatment
from Liberia.

They are also reportedly recovering, but a 75-year-
old Spanish priest who contracted Ebola in Liberia
died in Spain last week despite being given the drug.

Ebola has no known cure but the World Health
Organisation has ruled that untested drugs can be
used in light of the scale of outbreak in West Africa.

Since the beginning of the year, 1,229 people have
died of the virus.

It is transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids
of an infected person.

Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external
haemorrhaging from areas such as eyes and gums,
and internal bleeding which can cause organ failure.

The outbreak began in Guinea and has since spread
to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

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