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Study Estimates 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak Cost At $53B

Reuters: West Africa’s Ebola outbreak cost $53 billion — study
“An Ebola outbreak that ravaged Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia in 2014 cost economies an estimated $53 billion, according to a study in this month’s Journal of Infectious Diseases. The study aimed to combine the direct economic burden and the indirect social impact to generate a comprehensive cost of the outbreak, which was the worst in the world. … The total is far higher than previous estimates…” (Miles, 10/24).

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