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Ebola Quarantine in Sierra Leone Capital

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Worker adds pin to map at the Western area emergency response center, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Dec. 16, 2014.

Worker adds pin to map at the Western area emergency response center, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Dec. 16, 2014.

Sierra Leone has quarantined a neighborhood in the capital, Freetown, following the emergence of several new cases of Ebola.

The coastal district of Aberdeen, home to slums and upscale hotels, was shut down Friday.

The quarantine is a setback for the West African country that had the most cases of Ebola in the recent outbreak of the disease in Africa, which killed almost 9,000 people.

Cases in the three most affected countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — have risen in the past two weeks after several weeks of decline.

The World Health Organization has warned that challenges remain in bringing the number of cases down to zero and has urged West Africans to maintain the measures used to stop transmission of the virus.

Some information for this report is from AP and Reuters.

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