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September 16, 2014
In US, calls mount for major scale-up to Ebola crisis
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2014
The world response to the deadly Ebola crisis in West Africa needs a major scale-up that should include military flights for delivering supplies, US lawmakers and leading doctors said Thursday. The calls came amid new warnings from the World Health Organization that the viral outbreak is accelerating out of control, with 2,296 dead and 4,293 infected in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria since the start of this year. "The problem is that unless we have a massive scale-up of resources in ... read more

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