Nigeria health officials wait to screen passengers at the arrival hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
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Hundreds of troops deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia Monday to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, as the death toll climbed to 887 and three new suspected cases of the highly contagious disease were reported in Nigeria.In Nigeria, where U.S. citizen Patrick Sawyer died of Ebola in late July after arriving from Liberia, the WHO reported three new cases, two of them probable and one suspected.Panic among local communities, which have attacked health workers and threatened to burn down isolation wards, prompted Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to impose tough measures last week, including the closure of schools and the quarantine of the region hardest hit by the disease.Troops were fanning out across Liberia to help deal with the emergency.Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, which normally spearheads the fight against Ebola, has only a small team in Liberia and says it does not have the capacity to increase it.Health workers say they cannot cope with the number of cases, a scenario exacerbated by the departure of some international staff following the infection of two U.S. staff of charity Samaritan's Purse in Liberia.
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