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World Bank pledges $200 mil. emergency fund for Ebola crisis

Updated: 2014-08-05 22:45:09 KST
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The World Bank has pledged a 200 million dollar emergency fund to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said that the fund would provide support to stop further transmission of Ebola within the three affected nations, and prevent infections in neighboring countries.
The emergency fund will be used to pay for medical supplies and salaries for medical staff and also help communities cope with financial hardships caused by the epidemic.

Others are also reaching out.
The African Development Bank has set aside 60 million dollars for support,. and the World Health Organization 100 million dollars.
The Ebola outbreak has claimed at least 887 lives since the first case in Guinea in February, and Nigeria has now reported its second case of the disease.

However, raising hopes that there may be a cure, two American missionary workers infected with the virus are reportedly recovering after receiving an experimental drug called ZMapp.
Health officials say Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol began showing signs of improvement within a couple of hours.
Although the serum hasn't been tested in humans before, monkeys have survived the virus when given the serum within 48 hours of infection.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it will dispatch 50 staff to the affected regions within this month to fight the deadly virus.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.


The Korean foreign ministry says the goverment will provide an additional 500-thousand U.S. dollars in assistance to West African countries to help them contain the Ebola outbreak.
This is in addition to the 100-thousand dollars it provided earlier in the year in response to an international call for emergency funds made by the World Health Organization.


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