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Economic-Crisis-Money-Concept(NaturalNews) Ebola is now spreading so fast in West Africa, and causing so much death so quickly, that the regional economy is on the verge of a total collapse. The Washington Post (WP) reports that Liberia, the hardest-hit Ebola country, is now teetering over a chasm of “economic hell,” as locals increasingly skip work to avoid infection.

Factory workers, farmers and many others with important daily duties simply aren’t showing up to work, which means that goods and services, as well as food, are all becoming progressively more scarce. It is the worst-case scenario that international aid groups hoped wouldn’t come about but that is clearly taking shape as the outbreak escalates with no end in sight.

“The basic necessities of survival in Liberia — food, transportation, work, money, help from the government — are rapidly being depleted,” wrote Fred Barbash for WP. “The FAO [Food and Agricultural Organization] says that food is in increasingly short supply. Fields in some regions have been abandoned in part because people perceive Ebola may be coming from them or from the water used to irrigate them.”

The FAO, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have all warned that economic chaos could result from a failure to contain Ebola in the stricken regions. Quarantines, special isolation units, travel restrictions and even military intervention from the U.S. has done little or nothing to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and now the disease has been spotted for the first time in the U.S.

“People are terrified by how fast the disease is spreading,” explained an FAO representative in Liberia, Alexis Bonte, to the media. “Neighbors, friends and family members are dying within just a few days of exhibiting shocking symptoms, the causes of which are not fully understood by many local communities.”

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