Economic Growth Projections Cut For Ebola-Affected West African Nations

News outlets report on the impact of the Ebola outbreak on West African economies.

Agence France-Presse: Health services, economies overwhelmed in Ebola-hit Africa
“Sierra Leone, which has reported some 500 deaths from 1,400 cases, said the crisis had devastated its economy, with growth pared back to single digits for the first time since the country’s mining boom started in 2011. Finance Minister Kaifala Samura told reporters in the capital Freetown growth had slowed to seven percent on-year since the country registered its first cases in May…” (Dosso, 9/10).

Reuters: Economic growth forecasts cut for Ebola-hit West African nations
“Sierra Leone has cut its 2014 economic growth forecast to seven or eight percent as an Ebola outbreak cripples business in the iron ore-exporting West African country, the government said on Wednesday…” (Fofana, 9/10).