Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
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West Africa was counting the cost of measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic Sunday, as unprecedented restrictions caused snarled transport, food shortages and soaring prices.Under the country's "Operation Octopus," some 1,500 soldiers and police have been deployed to enforce the quarantines, turning people away at checkpoints and accompanying health workers searching for people who may have contracted the virus.Tribal authorities are imposing huge fines for failure to report cases of Ebola, which has claimed nearly 1,000 lives in west Africa in the worst outbreak in four decades.Nigeria has reported 13 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola, whose incubation period ranges from two to 21 days.Meanwhile the Spanish government said a Spanish priest infected with Ebola will be treated with an experimental drug that has been used on two Americans.The Roman Catholic priest, Miguel Pajares, was one of three people who tested positive for Ebola at the St. Joseph Hospital in Monrovia where he worked.
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