W. African leaders, WHO meet to address Ebola

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Associated Press

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 7:00 AM

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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