Workers put the finishing touches to an Ebola virus treatment centre in Monrovia October 9, 2014. REUTERS/James Giahyue
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A top U.S. health official Thursday urged swift action to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from becoming the next AIDS epidemic, as the health of an infected Spanish nurse deteriorated.The United Nations chief meanwhile called for a 20-fold increase in the world's response to the spread of Ebola, which has killed nearly 3,900 people in West Africa since the beginning of the year.In Madrid, the condition of a nurse who treated two elderly missionaries with Ebola has worsened, the hospital where she is being treated said.Health officials said they would monitor about 50 other people -- mostly health staff -- who had been in contact with Romero for the duration of the 21-day Ebola incubation period.Among Ebola's latest victims is Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient cared for in the United States to die of the disease.
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