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1,500 security forces deployed in Sierra Leone for Ebola quarantine

Published on Aug 10, 2014 1:17 AM
A file photo taken on July 24, 2014 shows a staff member of the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse spraying product as he treats the premises outside the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia. Guinea announced on August 9, 2014 it was closing its land borders with Liberia, Sierra Leone over Ebola fears. -- PHOTO: AFP 

FREETOWN (AFP) - More than 1,500 police and soldiers have been mobilised in Sierra Leone to enforce quarantine measures in areas affected by the deadly Ebola virus, the government said on Saturday.

Defence Minister Palo Conteh said half the troops would be deployed in Kenema and Kailahun, two eastern districts that have been hardest hit by the outbreak, and which were placed under quarantine on Thursday.

The rest of the troops will focus on the western region, which includes the capital Freetown, and the north.

"The general public should adhere to the advice of health personnel - don't move around unnecessarily ... and cooperate with the security forces," Conteh told the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation.

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