Ebola epidemic killed economic growth in stricken West African countries

April 17, 2015 4:59 PM

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WASHINGTON – The Ebola epidemic that swept through West Africa this year sucked $2.2 billion from the economies of the three countries hit hardest by the disease, the World Bank said Friday.

Sierra Leone's economy lost $1.4 billion, Guinea lost $535 million and Liberia lost $240 million, according to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimates released Friday by the World Bank. A decline in global iron ore prices also aggravated the economic downturn in all three countries, the bank said. In...

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