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World Bank Pledges $2 Billion to Fight Ebola

Published: Aug 22, 2014 06:12:20 AM IST
Updated: Aug 20, 2014 04:17:55 PM IST
World Bank Pledges $2 Billion to Fight Ebola
Image: Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters

A man has his temperature checked using an infrared digital laser thermometer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos has 10 confirmed cases of Ebola, and two patients have died

$2,00,000,000 is the emergency funding that the World Bank has pledged to fight the Ebola virus in Africa. The outbreak, dubbed the worst in history, may have started from a two-year-old at a village in Guinea, who died in December 2013. A chain of illnesses followed in the toddler’s family as his mother, sister and grandmother died within a month after displaying similar symptoms. Villagers attending the grandmother’s funeral are said to have carried the virus to different geographies. According to the latest WHO figures, the virus is believed to have infected 1,848 people and killed 1,013.

(This story appears in the 05 September, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)