Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard
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Sierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma declared a state of emergency Thursday and cancelled a planned trip to the US-Africa summit as the country struggled to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic.Koroma announced a raft of measures to combat the disease, as part of the state of emergency, including quarantining Ebola-hit areas and deploying security forces to protect medical workers.He banned all public meetings not related to Ebola and launched house-to-house searches to trace and quarantine suspected patients in Ebola hot-spots.
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