Ebola in Liberia Photos: West Point Slum Sealed to Prevent Spread of Disease

Ebola in Liberia Photos: West Point Slum Sealed to Prevent Spread of Disease

Tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an impoverished slum in Liberia’s capital to try to contain the spread of Ebola. Residents of West Point lined up to receive rice, cooking oil and drinking water after authorities put up barbed wire barricades.

West Point is a densely populated slum surrounded by floating sewage that occupies a half-mile long peninsula in Liberia’s seaside capital.

These pictures by Getty Images photographer John Moore show the plight of those trapped in the slum.

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A West Point slum resident looks through the bars on the closed gates on the second day of quarantine(John Moore/Getty Images)

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West Point residents look out of the locked gate on the second day of the Liberian government’s Ebola quarantine on their neighbourhood(John Moore/Getty Images)

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Residents of West Point receive rice, beans and cooking oil. They are forbidden from leaving the seaside slum, due to the Ebola outbreak in their community.(John Moore/Getty Images)

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Scuffles break out as quarantined residents of the West Point slum wait for food aid(John Moore/Getty Images)

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Armed Liberian police officers look towards West Point on the second day of the Ebola quarantine on the seaside slum(John Moore/Getty Images)

Liberia is being hit especially hard by the dreaded virus, accounting for 576 of the 1,350 people that have been killed by Ebola in West Africa.

Some 2,473 people are believed to have contracted the disease, in four countries, making the current outbreak is bigger than the combined caseloads all previous Ebola outbreaks.

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Suspected Ebola sufferer Finda ‘Zanabo’ prays over her sick family members before being admitted to the Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Ebola treatment centre. She and her family left an Ebola isolation centre in the West Point slum when it was overrun by a mob on 16 August. Her nephew Saah Exco, 10, died on Wednesday, after being taken to the JFK Ebola ward in Monrovia.(John Moore/Getty Images)

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People with suspected Ebola lie on the ground outside the Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment centre after arriving by ambulance(John Moore/Getty Images)

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A man lies under a car after being put there in detention by the Liberian army on the second day of the government’s Ebola quarantine on West Point slum in Monrovia. An army officer said the man was showing symptoms of Ebola and was caught trying to escape from West Point.(John Moore/Getty Images)

Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is sick and showing symptoms. To stop its spread, experts say, the sick should be isolated and not have any contact with the healthy. Overcrowded treatment centres, reluctance on the part of sick people to seek medical care, and burial practices that involve touching the dead have helped fuel the disease’s spread.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.