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African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

Saturday, August 02, 2014 - 01:22

Aug.02 - WHO says West African leaders agree to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control. Sarah Toms reports.

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A massive clean up operation begins in Liberia. It's an epic task to contain one of the world's deadliest diseases. Ebola has killed more than 700 people in four West African countries. The World Health Organisation says leaders in the region have agreed to take agressive steps to fight the disease. (SOUNDBITE)(English) WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) DIRECTOR-GENERAL, MARGARET CHAN, SAYING: "We had a great meeting. The presidents of these three countries recognize the serious nature of the Ebola outbreaks in their countries. They are determined to take extraordinary measures to stop Ebola in their countries." Here in Liberia tough measures are in place. Ebola is highly contagious and kills up to 90 per cent of people infected. It causes fever, severe bleeding and sometimes organ failure. It has no cure and health workers are taking no chances. Dozens are in the capital disinfecting offices, while workers stay at home. Schools and government buildings have been closed and affected communities islolated. They're strong measures to try to stop the worst outbreak of Ebola from spreading outside the region.

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African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

Saturday, August 02, 2014 - 01:22