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Sierra Leone declares Ebola emergency in district

FREETOWN - The Sierra Leone government announced a state of emergency in the Kailahun district from the outbreak of the Ebola virus which has claimed 17 lives in this West African nation, banning public gatherings and closing schools.

 

According to government figures released Thursday, there are 46 confirmed cases and another 122 suspected ones in the district near the border with Liberia.

 

In a press conference Wednesday, however, local parliamentarian Momoh Moiwai said the death toll was actually 28. (AP)