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Ebola-hit west Africa launches emergency battle plan

Published on Aug 1, 2014 11:50 AM
 
Liberian people read an information sign about Ebola set on a wall of a public health center on July 31, 2014, in Monrovia. West Africa's Ebola-hit nations imposed stringent new rules to tackle the world's worst ever outbreak of the tropical virus ahead of a special regional summit on Friday to launch an emergency response plan. -- PHOTO: AFP

CONAKRY (AFP) - West Africa's Ebola-hit nations imposed stringent new rules to tackle the world's worst ever outbreak of the tropical virus ahead of a special regional summit on Friday to launch an emergency response plan.

The leaders of four west African countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast - meet in the Guinean capital Conakry on Friday, along with the head of the World Health Organisation, Margaret Chan, to launch a US$100-million (S$125-million) joint plan to tackle the epidemic.

The meeting comes as US, German and French health authorities issued a warning on Thursday against travel to the three affected countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - to stop the disease spreading to their shores.

"It is like fighting a forest fire. If you leave behind even one burning ember, one case undetected, it could reignite the epidemic," said Tom Frieden, the chief of the US's top public health body.

 
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