Health workers screen people for the deadly Ebola virus before entering the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, 300 kilometers from the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. (AP/Michael Duff)
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Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf apologized Saturday for the high death toll among the country's health care workers who have fought an Ebola outbreak, which has killed nearly 1,000 people in three countries.The West African Ebola outbreak, centered on Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, is the worst in history.The disease has put a severe strain on the health systems of affected states and governments have responded with a range of measures, including the declaration of national emergencies in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, which confirmed seven cases of Ebola in Lagos. Ebola has reaped a high toll on health workers who have acted as first responders. Liberia alone has lost at least three doctors to the virus and 32 health workers. Guinea said earlier Saturday at a news conference attended by four government ministers that it had closed its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia to halt the spread of Ebola.Authorities said the decision was taken primarily to prevent infected people crossing into Guinea, where at least 367 people have died of Ebola since March and 18 others are being treated in isolation. Ebola is one of the deadliest diseases known to humanity.
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