Ebola deflating hopes for 3 African economies

October 18, 2014 11:50 PM

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Just as their economies had begun to recover from the man-made horror of coups and civil war, the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been knocked back down by a terrifying force of nature: the Ebola virus.

In addition to the human toll — more than 4,000 dead so far — the outbreak has paralyzed economic life across the Ebola zone: shops closed, hotels vacant, flights canceled, fields untended, investments on hold.

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