Ebola is a disease that has devastated some countries in Africa. Not only does the disease have a 90% fatality rate, but it is threatening to shake these West African country’s economies. The fear of the contagion has begun to fuel an economic crisis. Labor shortages are becoming more common because of rising fatality rates or people stay home due to the illness or caregiving. Others refuse to come in to work because of the threat that Ebola presents. Studies show that these West African countries do not have the economic capacity nor the resources to combat this aggressive disease. They have turned to countries like Great Britain and France, who have colonial ties to these struggling countries, as well as the United States. The WHO estimates that a billion USD is needed to combat the situation.
If Ebola is not dealt with in a timely fashion, these countries could have an economic crisis on their hands, along with the epidemic. And like the epidemic, the economic crisis is threatening to spread through other surrounding African countries. If this crisis isn’t dealt with, the problem could become exponentially worse.
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