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UN vows central role in fighting 'exceptional' Ebola epidemic

Published on Aug 24, 2014 6:39 AM
 
An MSF medical worker feeds an Ebola child victim at an MSF facility in Kailahun, on Aug 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

MONROVIA (AFP) - The United Nations vowed Saturday to play a "strong role" in helping Liberia and its neighbours fight the deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa, which it said could take months to bring it under control.

Liberia has been particularly hard hit by the epidemic that has swept relentlessly across the region since March, accounting for almost half of the 1,427 deaths.

In recognition of the deteriorating situation, neighbouring Ivory Coast announced on Saturday it had closed its borders with Liberia and Guinea in a bid to protect its citizens.

"Ebola in Liberia must be addressed to ensure a stable economy, future and society," said Karin Landgren, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's special representative for the country.

 
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