A Liberian soldier, left, mans a checkpoint to control the movement of people as authorities try to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
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The army blockaded rural areas hit by the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone Thursday, a senior officer said, after neighboring Liberia declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst outbreak of the disease, which has killed 932 people.The state of emergency allows Liberia's government to curtail civil rights and to deploy troops and police to impose quarantines on badly affected communities to try to contain an epidemic that has struck four West African nations.Many in Liberia – a nation founded by the descendants of freed American slaves, whose capital is named after former U.S. President James Monroe – look to the United States in time of crisis, as the country did during a brutal 1989-2003 civil war that killed nearly a quarter of a million people.most cases are in the remote border area of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, alarm over Ebola's spread grew last month when a U.S. citizen died in Nigeria of the virus after arriving from the region.
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