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Thousands barricaded in Liberia to stem Ebola outbreak

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Women carry water on their heads to those kept confined due to the Ebola virus. (Source: FOX) Women carry water on their heads to those kept confined due to the Ebola virus. (Source: FOX)

MONROVIA, LIBERIA (FOX) - Tens of thousands of people are barricaded in Liberia's capital in an effort to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

Government officials are handing out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water to residents of the impoverished, seaside capital.

International aid workers are warning that more help is needed as the country battles not only the virus, but hunger.

Travel restrictions have blocked off food from getting to parts of the city.

Hundreds of residents are lining up at food distribution points to receive their rations.

Prices are also soaring inside the community with the price of water quadrupling in a matter of days.

The current Ebola outbreak has killed at least 1,300 people in West Africa.

Liberia has accounted for 576 of the deaths.

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