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Aug 22, 2014

Senegal blocks Liberia aid flight, imposes Ebola travel curbs

DAKAR (Reuters) – Regional humanitarian hub Senegal said on Friday it had blocked a regional U.N. aid plane from landing and was banning all further flights to and from countries affected by Ebola, potentially hampering the emergency response to the epidemic.

A number of aid agencies have their regional headquarters in politically stable Senegal. Both medical charity MSF and the United Nations, which are leading efforts to contain a West African Ebola epidemic that has killed at least 1,350 people, had planned to operate regional flights from the country.

Aug 17, 2014

Struggling Liberia creates ‘plague villages’ in Ebola epicenter

BOYA Liberia/DAKAR (Reuters) – To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicenter of the virus, evoking the “plague villages” of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world.

With few food and medical supplies getting in, many abandoned villagers face a stark choice: stay where they are and risk death or skip quarantine, spreading the infection further in a country ill-equipped to cope.

Aug 17, 2014

Insight – Struggling Liberia creates ‘plague villages’ in Ebola epicentre

BOYA Liberia/DAKAR (Reuters) – To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicentre of the virus, evoking the “plague villages” of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world.

With few food and medical supplies getting in, many abandoned villagers face a stark choice: stay where they are and risk death or skip quarantine, spreading the infection further in a country ill-equipped to cope.

Aug 6, 2014

Ebola sucks life from W. African states weakened by war, poverty

MONROVIA/DAKAR, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Poverty, then war, and
now, a deadly plague.

Among the world’s poorest states at the bottom of global
development indexes, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea had shown
signs of leaving behind brutal wars and leaping into Africa’s
economic boom – before a lethal Ebola epidemic struck.

Aug 5, 2014

Liberia growth to be revised lower as Ebola saps income: finance minister

DAKAR (Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola outbreak threatens to reverse some of Liberia’s economic gains made since its 1989-2003 civil war and the government plans to cut its growth forecast for this year, the country’s finance minister said on Tuesday.

Liberia’s economy had been expected to grow by 5.9 percent this year, but Amara Konneh said this was no longer realistic due to a slowdown in the transport and services sectors and the departure of foreign workers because of the disease.

Aug 5, 2014

Liberia growth to be revised lower as Ebola saps income – finmin

DAKAR, Aug 5 (Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola outbreak
threatens to reverse some of Liberia’s economic gains made since
its 1989-2003 civil war and the government plans to cut its
growth forecast for this year, the country’s finance minister
said on Tuesday.

Liberia’s economy had been expected to grow by 5.9 percent
this year, but Amara Konneh said this was no longer realistic
due to a slowdown in the transport and services sectors and the
departure of foreign workers because of the disease.

Jul 31, 2014

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola virus spreads, peace corps leaves 3 countries

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information minister, told Reuters. “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get.”

Jul 31, 2014

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves three countries

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information minister, told Reuters. “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get.”

Jul 30, 2014

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves West Africa

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

“This is a major public health emergency. It’s fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread,” Lewis Brown, Liberia’s information minister, told Reuters. “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get.”

Jul 30, 2014

Liberia shuts schools, considers quarantine to curb Ebola

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, announcing the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the steps, part of an action plan that includes placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave.