Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ebola Update: Thousands in Sierra Leone Break Quarantine to Look for Food

Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone
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International relief agencies have revealed that thousands of people in Sierra Leone are breaking Ebola quarantine to search for food, as aid deliveries have not been able to reach them.
To contain the spread of Ebola in the country, public health authorities have imposed restrictions on movement. However, this measure is affecting the transportation of food. As a result, food is becoming scarce, leading prices to increase exponentially to the extent that ordinary people are unable to afford it, Al Jazeera reports.
An aid worker stated that “…because services are not reaching quarantined neighborhoods, people who are being monitored for signs of Ebola — and should be staying at home — are venturing out to markets to look for food, potentially contaminating many others.”

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