Sierra Leone government burial team members load the body of an Ebola victim onto a truck at an MSF facility in Kailahun, on August 14, 2014. (AFP/Carl de Souza)
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The U.N.'s health agency said Thursday that the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa had been vastly underestimated and "extraordinary measures" were needed to contain the disease.As the official toll climbed to 1,069, according to World Health Organization, the United States ordered the evacuation of diplomats' families from Sierra Leone, one of the three countries at the epicenter of the outbreak along with Liberia and Guinea. Sierra Leone disclosed Thursday that 32 nurses died from Ebola while performing their duties between May 24 to August 13 .In Liberia, which has suffered more than 300 deaths, work began Thursday to expand its Ebola treatment center in the capital Monrovia -- one of only two centers in the country of 4.2 million.Liberia spent $12 million tackling the Ebola outbreak between April and June, and looks set to spend much more in the coming weeks.There is currently no available cure or vaccine for Ebola, which the WHO has declared a global public health emergency.
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