World Bank announces $200m in assistance for Ebola

Washington - The World Bank on Monday announced up to $200m in emergency assistance to help Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

The funding will also help the countries improve their public health systems and cope with the economic impact of the crisis, the Washington-based lender said in a statement.

The worst ever outbreak of the virus has stretched the countries' resources and health systems.

Guinea's economic growth could fall a full percentage point to 3.5% due to the epidemic, according to the World Bank and IMF's initial assessment.