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Sierra Leone on 3-day lockdown to try and halt Ebola outbreak

Last Updated Nov 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm EDT

A Nigerian port health official wears protective gear at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on Aug. 6, 2014. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Sunday Alamba

Residents in Sierra Leone are not allowed to leave their homes for three days, as officials lock down the West African country in an effort to halt the spread of Ebola.

The move is to allow volunteers to go door-to-door educating the public on the deadly outbreak.

The nation’s minister of information said this is the best way to identify who is sick and to isolate them from those who are well.

As Sierra Leone struggles to fight against the virus, some people are taking things into their own hands.

The World Health Organization said some Ebola patients are buying blood of survivors from the black market. Blood from survivors is referred to as convalescent serum, and said to have antibodies that can fight the deadly virus.

Though unproven, it has provided some promise in fighting a disease with no approved drug to treat it.

Convalescent serum has been used to treat patients, including American aid worker Rick Sacra, who is hospitalized in Omaha, Neb..

He got blood from Kent Brantly, an American who survived Ebola.

Both got infected when they were helping patients in Liberia.

The WHO says it’s working with affected nations to eliminate black market trade of blood because it can lead to other illnesses, such as HIV and other blood-related ailments.

The United Nations says the outbreak is a threat to international peace and security and announced they will be sending a special mission to help combat the virus in the affected regions.

At least 2,600 people have died since the outbreak began in March.