Ebola cost to West Africa economy could top $41 billion: World Bank

A volunteer in protective suit sprays disinfectant outside a home in Waterloo, Sierra Leone, on Oct 7, 2014, prior to taking away the body of a woman who died of Ebola. The epidemic could deal a US$32.6 billion (S$41 billion) blow to the West Af
A volunteer in protective suit sprays disinfectant outside a home in Waterloo, Sierra Leone, on Oct 7, 2014, prior to taking away the body of a woman who died of Ebola. The epidemic could deal a US$32.6 billion (S$41 billion) blow to the West African economy over the next year if officials cannot get it under control, the World Bank warned on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Ebola epidemic could deal a US$32.6 billion (S$41 billion) blow to the West African economy over the next year if officials cannot get it under control, the World Bank warned Wednesday.

"The economic impacts of Ebola are already very serious in the core three countries - particularly Liberia and Sierra Leone - and could become catastrophic under a slow-containment, high-Ebola scenario," the Bank said in a new report.