The world is “dangerously unprepared” for future deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the president of the World Bank has warned.
Jim Yong Kim, speaking in Washington, said it was vital that governments, corporations, aid agencies and insurance companies worked together to prepare for future outbreaks.
Sierra Leone’s government has quarantined more than a million people in an attempt to bring an end to the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Areas in the east of the country on the border of Guinea have been under quarantine for months but travel is now restricted in three more areas where an estimated 1.5 million people live. Nearly a third of the country’s population across 14 districts is now under curfew.
The UN has said $600m (£365m) in supplies is needed to fight west Africa’s Ebola outbreak, as the death toll from the worst epidemic of the virus exceeded 1,900 and Guinea said it had penetrated a new part of the country.
The pace of the infection has accelerated, and there have been close to 400 deaths in the past week, according to officials.
A US aid worker infected with Ebola in Liberia has been identified as a family doctor from Massachusetts.
Dr Rick Sacra, 51, works at the same hospital as the two other infected Americans, who were both brought back for treatment and are now recovering.
One of them, Nancy Writebol, said resources at the hospital were insufficient to protect workers.
The death toll from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has surpassed 1,900 people, the World Health Organization’s chief said Wednesday.
Less than a week ago the death toll stood at 1,552 people. More people have now died in the 2014 Ebola epidemic than in all previous outbreaks combined (1,590, according to the WHO).