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EBOLA: Death toll increases to 1552

By Natali Iverson - Aug 28, 2014
EBOLA: Death toll increases to 1552

The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on Thursday, that the deadly Ebola virus has killed more than 1500 people in West Africa after 3 062 people have become infected since the beginning of the year.

"The outbreak continues to accelerate," the UN health body said.

The Ebola outbreak is currently raging through Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

13 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo from a separate Ebola outbreak which has been identified as a different strain.

"More than 40 percent of the total number of cases has occurred within the past 21 days," the WHO said.

The overall fatality rate in West Africa due to the Ebola virus stood at 52 percent.

The WHO has said that the Ebola virus could infect up to 20 000 people over the course of the epidemic.

“Response activities must be adapted in areas of very intense transmission and particular attention must be given to stopping transmission in capital cities and major ports, thereby facilitating the larger response and relief effort,” the WHO added.

According to the WHO, Sierra Leone has had 1026 reported cases with 422 deaths and Guinea has had 648 reported cases with 430 deaths.

Nigeria has only had 17 cases with six deaths and Liberia, having the most Ebola related deaths of 694 with 1378 reported cases.


Photo courtesy of www.un.org