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International Monetary Fund. African Dept.

Recent Developments and Economic Outlook 1 1. The ongoing Ebola epidemic continues to exact a heavy economic toll on Guinea and precipitated a humanitarian crisis . The disease started in early 2014 as a rural outbreak, but has spread since to the capital Conakry and neighboring Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and Mali, exceeding by far all previous Ebola outbreaks combined in terms of cases, deaths and geographic coverage. Even though the epidemic remains concentrated in the south-east border region of Guinea that borders Sierra Leone and Liberia, and