Sierra Leone on 3-day lockdown in attempt to stop Ebola spread

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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – There’s a new development in the fight against Ebola.

The government of Sierra Leone has put the entire country and its 6-million people in time out for three days.

They hope the nationwide lock down will stop the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 560 people in Sierra Leone, and more than 2-thousand in other West African nations.

Everyone is confined to their homes as volunteers go door-to-door to educate people about the virus.

This will also help health officials find people infected people.

In this country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the Enterovirus D-68 has now spread coast to coast with four confirmed cases in southern California in children between the ages of 2 and 13.

Officials there expect more cases as lab tests come back. Enterovirus D-68 is a severe respiratory illness that hits young kids, especially those with existing breathing problems, like asthma.

The CDC says it has confirmed 153 cases in 18 states, with hundreds of kids hospitalized with symptoms related to the virus. So far, no deaths, but a lot of sick kids and worried parents.

Keep calm and wash hands seem to be the best advice from doctors.