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Doctors Without Borders calls global Ebola response slow, uneven

Doctors Without Borders slammed the global response to Ebola in a statement Tuesday, calling it slow and uneven.

"It is extremely disappointing that states with biological-disaster response capacities have chosen not to utilize them," doctor Joanne Liu said in the humanitarian group's statement. "How is it that the international community has left the response to Ebola — now a transnational threat — to doctors, nurses and charity workers?"

The World Health Organization published data Tuesday showing the number of people infected has passed 17,000, more than 6,000 of whom have died, The Associated Press reports. The nations hardest hit are Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, poor countries whose economies are suffering even more in light of the health crisis.