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Ebola outbreak threatens food security

By Agencies in Rome and Tokyo ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-09-03 09:33:34

Epidemic puts harvests at risk, boosts prices; UN warns crisis will worsen

The world's worst Ebola epidemic has put harvests at risk and sent food prices soaring in West Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said on Tuesday, warning the problem will intensify in coming months.

The FAO issued a special alert for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries most affected by the outbreak, which has killed about 1,550 people since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March.

Ebola outbreak threatens food security

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