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Government to search for Ebola cases in capital

Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Health workers wear protective gear before entering the house of a person suspected to have died of the Ebola virus in Port Loko, situated on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone.-AP

FREETOWN (AP):Sierra Leone is planning a house-to-house search for hidden Ebola cases in the capital and surrounding areas, which currently account for more than half of the country's new infections.

The government has periodically restricted movements into and out of hot spots in order to slow the disease's spread. In September, it locked down the entire country to look for sick people.

In a statement yesterday, President Ernest Bai Koroma said officials will begin a house-to-house search today for sick people in the Western Area, which includes Freetown. It was not clear, however, if people had to stay in their homes and, if so, for how long.

In the world's largest Ebola outbreak, around 18,500 people have been infected, mostly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. More than 6,800 have died.