Health agents wait for control passengers leaving Liberia at the Roberts International Airport near Monrovia on Agust 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO
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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.Ebola has menaced Africa for 40 years, but previously struck in remote villages and was contained fairly quickly. An entirely separate Ebola outbreak has killed 13 of 42 people sickened in a remote area of Congo, in Central Africa, the agency said.The WHO's new plan would cost $489 million to support 750 international health workers and 12,000 national ones.With the world's support, medical workers hope to take "the heat out of this outbreak" within three months, Aylward said.The World Food Program says it needs $70 million immediately to help feed 1.3 million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the coming months because control measures have threatened food supplies.
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