This is the wave of the future in West Africa.
MONROVIA, Liberia — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president’s orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.
Soldiers repelled the surging crowd with live rounds, driving hundreds of men and boys back into the slum known as West Point. . . .
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the death toll is rising most quickly in Liberia, which accounts for at least 576 of the deaths. At least 2,473 people have been sickened across West Africa.
The U.N. health agency also warned of shortages of food, water and other essential supplies in West Africa’s population centers.