Ebola outbreak to cast shadow over Obama summit

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 7:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders from nations gripped by an Ebola outbreak are pulling out of President Barack Obama's gathering of African leaders in Washington next week.

Still, the White House says the health crisis won't impact the three-day summit.

Administration officials say the leaders of Liberia and Sierra Leone, two of the three main countries affected, have canceled their trip to Washington. It was unclear whether the Guinean president still plans to attend the conference.

The White House says other officials from Liberia and Sierra Leone would represent their countries at the summit.

The current Ebola crisis has killed more than 700 people this year, marking the largest outbreak of the disease since it first emerged in Africa nearly 40 years ago.

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