Sierra Leone locks down new Ebola hotspot in the east

December 11, 2014 5:14 PM

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FREETOWN (Reuters) - Authorities in Sierra Leone have imposed a two-week lockdown in the eastern district of Kono after health workers uncovered a surge of Ebola infections in the area where the epidemic was thought to be largely under control.

The worst outbreak of Ebola on record has killed nearly 6,400 people in West Africa and infected some 18,000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Sierra Leone, with a shortage of treatment centers and trained staff, has overtaken Liberia as the worst-hit country.

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