Discussions on combating the spread of the Ebola virus are dominating much of the talks at the United Nations, where the affected countries are demanding more aid. Nathan Frandino reports.
The deadly Ebola virus dominated day two of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. During a high level meeting on the disease, leaders from the affected countries called for an acceleration of international aid to help contain the outbreak. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT ERNEST KOROMA OF SIERRA LEONE VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE SAYING (QUALITY AS INCOMING): "Ebola is not only a disease of Sierra Leone and its neighbors. It is a disease of the world." The outbreak has killed nearly 3,000 people in just over six months, including a Spanish priest who died Thursday. He had contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, where officials have placed three more districts under quarantine. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SIERRA LEONE PRESIDENT, ERNEST BAI KOROMA, SAYING: "The isolation of districts and chiefdoms will definitely pose great difficulties for our people in those districts. But the life of everyone and the survival of our country takes precedence over these difficulties." Back at the UN, President Barack Obama said there was a "significant gap" in the international response. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Stopping Ebola is a priority for the United States. We'll do our part. We'll continue to lead, but this has to be a priority for everybody else." Germany is among the latest countries to send aid. Equipment to set up a surgical ward is heading for Liberia. German officials say it's just the beginning of comprehensive aid for the region... but as leaders have warned, it'll take much more from every country to stop the deadly disease.