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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Obama seeks billions for Ebola battle as cases keep piling up

Federal costs continue to escalate in the war against Ebola. Today's post is shared from
Lisa Schnirring, News Reporter, CIDRAP News
Lisa Schnirring

"The Obama administration today asked Congress for $6.18 billion in emergency funds this fiscal year to fight Ebola in West Africa and the United States, as African health ministers elected a new World Health Organization (WHO) regional leader, a position key to the outbreak response that recently came under sharp criticism.

"President Barack Obama's request comes a day after the midterm elections, as well as an Ebola briefing yesterday with cabinet members and other top officials involved in the US response.

"In an update on the epidemic today, the WHO said Ebola activity is still persistent and widespread in all three of the hardest-hit countries, calling the situation in Sierra Leone "very concerning," with intense transmission in the capital, Freetown, and a handful of the country's western districts.

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