INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Liberian former soccer star records Ebola song

In this photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 10,  2014,  Liberian soccer star George Weah smiles inside a room in the city of  Monrovia, Liberia. Liberias world famous soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa. Weah, who before he retired was FIFAs player of the year, is now a politician and singer.(AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

In this photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, Liberian soccer star George Weah smiles inside a room in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. Liberias world famous soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa. Weah, who before he retired was FIFAs player of the year, is now a politician and singer.(AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

Liberia's world famous soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa.

Weah, who before he retired was FIFA's player of the year, is now a politician and singer. He worked with the Ghanaian musician, Sidney, to record the song. Its lyrics call, "Let us all arise and come together to fight Ebola; Ebola is real."

During a performance Sunday night, Weah said: "I know Africa will be affected if we don't take it seriously."

He said proceeds from sales of the song will go to the Liberian Health Ministry. Experts say fear and misunderstanding of Ebola have led many to ignore medical advice, fueling the disease's spread.

Ebola has killed 961 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.