West Africa Ebola Death Toll Passes 1,200

August 19, 2014 10:08 AM

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West Africa Ebola Death Toll Passes 1,200

MONROVIA/GENEVA, Aug 19 (Reuters)- Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200.

The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy.

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