The government of Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency in the eastern district of Kailahun due to an outbreak of the Ebola virus.
As a result of the outbreak which has claimed over 16 lives, the government has closed school, cinemas, nightclub and trade fairs.
According to reports from the Voice of America, vehicles and their passengers entering the district are subject to screening at checkpoints.
The decision to close schools in the district came after a nine-year-old tested positive to the virus after contacting it from the parents.
Ebola disease is characterized by fever, vomiting, diarrhea and in many cases, internal and external bleeding. There is no vaccine or cure.