UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

Sep 16, 2014 8:34 AM by Cheryl Wengren

GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization is warning that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa could double every three weeks.

The estimate comes Tuesday as the U.N. health agency said the cost of containing the deadly virus has risen to nearly $1 billion since it was identified in March.

The unprecedented Ebola outbreak is believed to have killed more than 2,400 people across West Africa, with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea the hardest-hit countries.

President Barack Obama is expected to announce later Tuesday that the United States will be sending 3,000 American troops to help provide aid amid the crisis.

Still, Doctors Without Borders said again the global response is "dangerously behind." Joanne Liu, president of the medical charity said more countries need to stand up and provide aid soon.


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