Canada kicks in more cash to fight Ebola

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Canada is contributing $20.9 million for humanitarian aid for the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

That brings the total aid Canada has committed to the effort to $113.5 million.

The government said it will also deploy 40 members of the Canadian Forces for six months to support health care workers on the ground in countries such as Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The new funding announced Wednesday will go to 10 Canadian humanitarian organizations training health care workers, such as the Red Cross.

The Red Cross said Wednesday it is launching a new campaign to recruit Canadian health care workers, including federal government employees, to help meet demand in Ebola treatment centres in West Africa.

Almost 16,000 reported cases of Ebola have been reported worldwide, with almost 5,700 deaths.