District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has declared Dec. 5 Ebola Awareness Day as the city hosts a national summit on how to halt the virus' spread.
The summit is being held Friday at the Washington Convention Center in northwest Washington.
The mayor's office says the summit will bring together West African leaders, international humanitarian aid organizations, and national and international health organizations. The goal is to better coordinate relief efforts and enhance fundraising efforts.
The Ebola outbreak has sickened nearly 17,300 people, killing about 6,100 in Africa. Two people died in the U.S. after contracting the virus in West Africa, including a Sierra Leone native whose family lives in New Carrollton, Maryland.