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Liberian Officials May Quarantine Entire Communities as Ebola Outbreak Grows

Officials in Liberia are asking for international help as the worst ebola outbreak in recorded history continues to grow. According to the World Health Organization, so far, at least 672 have been killed by the virus in Liberia and neighboring countries. The nation’s president issued a statement saying that officials are prepared to take dramatic steps to stem the spread of the deadly illness: They’ve closed schools, instituted a 30-day leave for many government employees, shut down markets and may soon even quarantine entire communities. Some humanitarian officials, like Mike Noyes of Action Aid UK, have criticized the approach of mass-quarantine calling “enforced isolation” a “medieval approach” in an interview with Reuters.

The country’s information minister told the news agency that their government is in dire need of additional international assistance: “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get” …

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