More than $1bn (£618m) is needed to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak – a tenfold increase in the past month, the UN’s Ebola co-ordinator David Nabarro has announced. The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the health crisis as “unparalleled in modern times”. According to the WHO, the Ebola epidemic has killed 2,461 people this year, half of the 4,985 infected by the virus.
“We requested about $100m a month ago and now it is $1bn, so our ask has gone up 10 times in a month,” Mr Nabarro told a briefing in Geneva.
“Because of the way the outbreak is advancing, the level of surge we need to do is unprecedented, it is massive.”
More than half the deaths from the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak have been in Liberia where the USA has announced plans to send 3,000 troops to oversee building new treatment centres and help train medical staff.
U.S. pledges 3,000 troops to fight Ebola; experts say more needed
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