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DEC launches Ebola charity appeal

An appeal for the Ebola crisis in West Africa is to be launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee.

It is the first time the DEC, a group of 13 UK aid charities, has sought funds over a disease outbreak, which it says is "a sign of how serious the situation has become".

Appeals will be made by all the main UK broadcasters on Thursday.

Speaking on the Today programme, DEC's chief executive Saleh Saeed said that the situation was critical and that "there is a danger now that come the New Year we could be facing a global food shortage in West Africa."

The disease has killed almost 5,000 people and infected more than 10,000 in West Africa since the start of the year.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 29 October.

  • 29 Oct 2014