Ebola outbreak racing out of control, officials say

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “racing ahead” of efforts to control it, and controlling the epidemic will cost at least $600 million, world health officials said Wednesday.

The number of people infected with Ebola has grown to 3,500, with more than 1,900 deaths, according to the World Health Organization, or WHO.

“We do need a major response,” said Margaret Chan, the director-general of the WHO.

The WHO last week estimated that the outbreak – which now includes Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal – could grow to 20,000 cases and could take six to nine months to contain. The WHO also outlined a “road map” to controlling it that would cost $490 million.

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