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Ebola has killed 80 Liberian health workers

The top UN envoy in Liberia has said that at least 160 health workers have contracted Ebola and 80 have died in the epidemic. Karin Landgren called the outbreak a ‘latter-day plague’ that is growing exponentially. She told the UN security council on Tuesday that most health workers have gone for long stretches without proper protective equipment, training or pay.

She said ‘local funeral rites that involve touching and washing of the dead have led to countless new deaths, and will need to be replaced with safer rituals, requiring the commitment of religious and traditional leaders.’ Liberia’s defence minister Brownie Samukai told the council that, ‘Liberia is facing a serious threat to its national existence.’
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