'Impact of Ebola in Africa $32.6bn by end 2015'

The World Bank has spoken out on the regional impact of the epidemic.

The World Bank has spoken out on the regional impact of the Ebola epidemic. Picture: AFP.

GENEVA The regional impact of West Africas Ebola epidemic could reach $32.6 billion by the end of 2015 if it spreads significantly beyond the worst-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

The enormous economic cost of the current outbreak to the affected countries and the world could have been avoided by prudent ongoing investment in health systems-strengthening, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in a statement.

The deadly epidemic has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa.