W. African leaders, WHO meet to address Ebola

Liberian soldiers in a medical truck, with papers on it reading 'EBOLA MOST GO'  drive past as they patrol streets to prevent panic, as fears of the deadly Ebola virus spread in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Aug 1, 2014. U.S. health officials warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history. The travel advisory issued Thursday applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
Liberian soldiers in a medical truck, with papers on it reading 'EBOLA MOST GO' drive past as they patrol streets to prevent panic, as fears of the deadly Ebola virus spread in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Aug 1, 2014. U.S. health officials warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history. The travel advisory issued Thursday applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Presidents from the West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak are meeting with world health leaders to come up with ways to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

The World Health Organization said Friday it is launching a new joint $100 million response plan to the outbreak that has killed at least 729 people in four countries.

It is the largest recorded outbreak of Ebola in history, and has prompted fears the disease could spread beyond Africa’s borders.

While direct physical contact with bodily fluids is needed for Ebola to spread, new cases are mounting in part because sick people are refusing to go to isolation centers in the affected countries.

The new response plan includes deploying hundreds more health workers to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

 

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