Liberia ambassador: US aid key to stopping Ebola

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Posted: Oct 29, 2014 3:48 PM

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Liberia's ambassador to the United States says his country needs help from U.S. troops, more ambulances and food to cope with the Ebola crisis, but he believes it can be brought under control by the end of the year.

Jeremiah Sulunteh (su-LUN'-tec) spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday at Pennsylvania's Elizabethtown College, where he is delivering a lecture.

He says a plan to have 3,000 U.S. troops train Liberian health care workers is key to the recovery effort.

Sulunteh also says an ambulance shortage has resulted in sick people spreading the disease because they must use public transportation. And because many farmers have been killed or abandoned their farms, food shortages are a growing threat.

The ambassador says 38 new Ebola cases were reported last week — down from a weekly peak of more than 100.