A protester dressed in protective equipment demonstrates, calling for for G20 leaders to address the Ebola issue, near the G20 leaders summit venue in Brisbane November 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed)
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The world's most powerful economies vowed Saturday to "extinguish" the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, as the vast desert nation of Mali scrambled to prevent a new outbreak of the killer disease.Despite some hopeful signs from Africa -- where Liberia has lifted its state of emergency and Senegal reopened borders with the worst-hit countries -- the recent deaths of three people in Mali have fueled fears of a new hotspot. Attention has now turned to Mali where there are fears an isolated outbreak could spark a major crisis after the deaths from Ebola of three people infected by a Guinean imam who died of the disease.The World Health Organization said Friday that 5,177 people are known to have died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 14,413 cases of infection, since December 2013 .UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Saturday that Ebola could potentially provoke a food crisis affecting a million people across the region, by disrupting farming.
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