Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone declares four-day countrywide lockdown

A four-day lockdown has been announced by Sierra Leone starting September 18 in a bid to contain the Ebola disease from spreading across the Western African country.

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2014, 09:22 AM IST

Freetown: A four-day lockdown has been announced by Sierra Leone starting September 18 in a bid to contain the Ebola disease from spreading across the Western African country.

The lockdown will be effective between September 18-21 and people will be barred from leaving their home.

The step has been taken so that the health workers can isolate new cases in the early stage.

Over 2,000 people have been killed in the outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria so far.

The disease spreads between humans through infected blood, bodily fluids like blood and saliva or indirectly through contact with contaminated environments.

The symptoms includes high fever, bleeding and damege to the central nervous system.