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Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the Ebola death toll increased by 200 in just a day, bringing the total number of dead to at least 2,296.

As of Sept. 6, 4,293 cases have been recorded in five West African nations.

But the WHO is having trouble compiling data on cases, especially in the nation of Liberia, which health officials say is the worst affected country. The U.N. health organization said they expect thousands of new cases in Liberia in the next three weeks.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Tuesday she expects the Ebola crisis gripping her country to worsen in the coming weeks as health workers struggle with inadequate supplies, a lack of outside support and a population in fear.

“It remains a very grave situation,” she told an audience at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, via Skype from Liberia’s capital Monrovia. “It is taking a long time to respond effectively …. We expect it to accelerate for at least another two or three weeks before we can look forward to a decline.”

Liberia’s defense minister told the United Nations Security Council that Ebola posed a mortal threat to the country.

“Liberia is facing a serious threat to its national existence. The deadly Ebola virus has caused a disruption of the normal functioning of our State,” said Liberian Minister of National Defense Brownie Samukai.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest.

SOURCE: Reuters | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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