Ebola poses threat to Ivory Coast cocoa output, exporters say

September 30, 2014 2:31 PM

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Ebola poses threat to Ivory Coast cocoa output, exporters say

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Cocoa exporters in the Ivory Coast are fuelling market fears of potential supply shortages that have driven prices to 3-1/2 year highs, warning output could drop dramatically if the Ebola virus spills into the world's top grower.

Despite expectations of a supply surplus this season and a healthy outlook for the coming West African harvest, prices are reflecting the fact that much is unknown about what happens if Ivory Coast is the next country struck by the disease.

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