The economic cost of the Ebola virus until the end of 2015 could exceed the 32,000 million dollars for West Africa, if the disease continues spreading beyond the three affected countries, the World Bank said.
“If the epidemic starts affecting a significant number of people in neighboring countries, some of whose economies are the most important, the regional financial impact in two years could reach the 32.600 million dollars by the end of 2015,” the institution said in a report.
Currently, this epidemic has killed about 3,500 people in West Africa, particularly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The World Bank warns that the impact may be limited if there is an “immediate” action by the international community to stop the epidemic.
“The international community must find ways to overcome the logistical obstacles and carry more doctors and health personnel, more hospital beds and more health care and development aid to stop the Ebola,” said in the statement the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim.