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Health workers surround an Ebola patient who escaped from quarantine from Monrovia's Elwa hospital, in the centre of Paynesville in this still image taken from a September 1, 2014 video. The patient, who wore a tag showing he had tested positive for Ebola, held a stick and tried to get away from doctors when they arrived on the scene attempting to catch him. The patient was walking through a local market in search of food. REUTERS/Reuters TV

TIMELINE: World's worst Ebola outbreak tests global response

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Sept 2 (Reuters) - International agencies and governments are struggling to contain the world's worst epidemic of the Ebola hemorrhagic virus that has killed over 1,500 people in West Africa.

Here is a timeline of the main developments in the outbreak.

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