Liberia, S. Leone Race To Enforce Ebola Quarantine

MONROVIA, Liberia — Authorities in Liberia are using troops as they step up efforts to enforce quarantines of communities infected by Ebola after the president declared a national state of emergency.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that some civil liberties may be suspended as authorities try to stamp out the disease blamed for more than 900 deaths in four West African countries this year.

By Thursday morning, soldiers had deployed to the town of Klay about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, in an effort to stop people from three Ebola-infected counties from coming closer to the capital.

National Health Workers Association president Joseph Tamba said the state of emergency is necessary but that people should have received advance notice to buy food ahead of the movement restrictions.

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