Law aims to flush out Ebola-infected

Posted: August 24, 2014 at 3:44 a.m.

Liberian soldiers scan people for signs of the Ebola virus, as they control people from entering the West Point area in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. The outbreak also continues to spread elsewhere in West Africa, with 142 more cases recorded, bringing the new total to 2,615 with 1,427 deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday. Most of the new cases are in Liberia, where the government was delivering donated rice to a slum where 50,000 people have been sealed off from the rest of the capital in an attempt to contain the outbreak. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient -- a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak.

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