A woman prepares donations as part of the fighting against the Ebola virus epidemic at the Restoration Baptist church in Monrovia, Liberia August 31, 2014. (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
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International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said Tuesday the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.The Ebola outbreak has killed 1,552 people and infected 3,062, according to the latest figures released by the WHO.At current infection rates, the agency fears it could take six to nine months and at least $490 million to bring the outbreak under control, by which time over 20,000 people could be affected.The food security alert was sounded as the WHO announced a separate Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has now killed 31 people, although it added that the contagion was confined to an area 800 kilometers north of Kinshasa.In Liberia, which has been hardest-hit with 694 deaths, the price of the national staple cassava in market stalls in Monrovia went up 150 percent within the first weeks of August, the FAO said.The U.N.'s World Food Program launched an emergency operation Tuesday to get 65,000 tons of food to 1.3 million people in the worst-hit areas.
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