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Liberia schools reopen after 6-month Ebola closure

16 February 2015, 12:38

Monrovia - Students in Liberia are returning to the classroom after a six-month closure during the Ebola epidemic that left thousands dead in this West African country.

Schools reopened Monday morning in Liberia's capital, where students' temperatures were being taken as they entered. Ebola's main symptom is a high fever, and only those who are sick can spread the deadly virus.

Deputy Education Minister Remses Kumbuyah says more than 5 000 kits have been distributed to schools that included thermometers and chlorine for hand-washing.

The minister says schools are also to avoid overcrowding - keeping class sizes to around 50 instead of 100 or more. That's in an effort to keep students from touching and potentially spreading the virus.

However, rural schools have lagged behind and many were delaying reopening their doors.

- AP


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