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Ebola Outbreak Causing Economic Damage In West Africa, As Affected Countries Increasingly Isolated

News outlets report on the economic damage being caused in Africa because of the Ebola outbreak, as additional airlines announce temporary service suspensions.

The Guardian: Ebola epidemic takes toll on business in quarantine zones and across Africa
“…Rural farmers … — whose rice, cocoa and cassava fields account for nearly half Sierra Leone’s gross domestic production — are among the hardest-hit in the economic fallout of the world’s biggest Ebola epidemic. The repercussions have radiated from these far-flung villages to the country’s financial markets, prompting cutbacks by multinational firms whose revenues had previously spurred double-digit growth and allowed Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea painstakingly to rebuild their war-shattered economies over the last decade…” (Mark, 8/27).

Reuters: Ebola causing huge damage to W.Africa economies: development bank
“The worst-ever Ebola outbreak is causing enormous damage to West African economies as foreign businessmen quit the region, the African Development Bank said, while a leading medical charity branded the international response ‘entirely inadequate’…” (Olu-Mammah/Fofana, 8/28).

Reuters: Botswana blocks copper trucks from Congo on Ebola fears-Times of Zambia
“More than 100 trucks hauling copper from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been denied entry into Botswana over fears of an Ebola outbreak in Congo, leaving the trucks stranded at a border crossing, local media reported on Thursday…” (8/28).

Agence France-Presse: Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights
“The three nations at the center of the West African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone…” (Johnson, 8/28).

Agence France-Presse: Air France suspends Sierra Leone flights over Ebola
“Air France said it was suspending its flights to Sierra Leone from Thursday because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 1,400 people in West Africa…” (8/27).

Associated Press: Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights
“France on Wednesday recommended that its citizens leave the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the outbreak of Ebola there, and Air France temporarily suspended its three flights a week to Sierra Leone…” (8/27).

Reuters: France tells citizens, Air France to avoid Liberia, Sierra Leone over Ebola
“The French government on Wednesday recommended its nationals avoid Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the risk associated with the Ebola virus and asked Air France-KLM to suspend flights to the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown…” (Ponthus/Callus, 8/27).

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