- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The president of Sierra Leone says the Ebola virus is killing more youth than any other age group which he says is reversing economic gains the West African nation has made.

Ernest Bai Koroma, speaking via a satellite link to the World Food Prize Foundation symposium in Des Moines Thursday, says youth, many of whom work on farms are instrumental in economic growth. He says since Ebola is striking the youth population “gains have been reversed, the economy is slowing down and nurses, the overwhelming majority of whom are youth, are dying.”

Koroma says the international community is helping but the country must “sprint very fast to get ahead of the virus and stop it.”

He was to fly to Des Moines but decided to stay home as Ebola escalates.

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