WHO, West African nations to announce $100 million Ebola response plan

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Time now for a look through the international headlines we’re following this Friday morning. For that, we turn to our Eunice Kim, standing by at the NewsCenter. Good morning, Eunice.

Good morning, Mark. The number of people who have died in the largest Ebola outbreak on record… has now exceeded 7-hundred… mostly, in the West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan will meet with the presidents of the affected countries in Conakry today… where they are expected to announce an intensified response plan.
The $100-million-dollar plan to fight the outbreak on a national and global level… will send in more personnel and resources to supplement “overstretched treatment facilities.”
Meanwhile… Liberia and Sierra Leone have now both declared a public health emergency… dispatching soldiers to quarantine stricken neighborhoods… banning public meetings for months… and closing down schools across the country.
Almost half of the recent Ebola deaths have come from Libera, where an American doctor and missionary are also being treated for the contagious virus.
There is currently no cure or vaccine for the Ebola virus, which has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.


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