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Liberia reopens slum barricaded due to Ebola

Family members and friends of a man believed to have died form the Ebola virus, gather near his home as his body is removed by health workers in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

MONROVIA, Liberia: Crowds are cheering and celebrating in the streets after Liberian authorities reopened a slum where tens of thousands of people were barricaded amid the country's Ebola outbreak.

Information Minister Lewis Brown says lifting the quarantine Saturday morning doesn't mean there is no Ebola in the West Point slum.

But he says authorities feel confident they can screen for the sick and that the community is now actively fighting the disease.

The slum of 50,000 people in Liberia's capital was sealed off more than a week ago, sparking unrest and leaving many without access to food or safe water.

Liberia has been the hardest-hit of the five countries with Ebola cases in West Africa. Senegal announced its first case on Friday.

 

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