U.N. Leader Urges West Africans To Change Traditions In Order To Stop Ebola

December 19, 2014 3:56 PM

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MONROVIA, Dec 19 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, starting a visit to Ebola-hit states in West Africa on Friday, urged their people to set aside traditional practices like washing the dead by hand so as to help end an epidemic that has killed nearly 7,000 people.

Ban said he hoped to use his two-day tour of the region - his first since the outbreak was detected in March - to raise the profile of the fight against the disease and to thank the thousands of health workers who have participated.

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