Ebola virus death toll in West Africa approaches 150-mark

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

Apr. 23, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.N.’s World Health Organization on Wednesday updated its tally from the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, saying now that nearly 150 people have died from the affliction.

In a statement posted on its website, the organization said a total of 147 people have so far died after contracting the virus — from more than 240 cases recorded in Guinea and Liberia.

Most Ebola cases are in Guinea, where 136 people have died. The 11 others died in Liberia. The Liberia figure has been revised down because one death was already counted in Guinea’s toll and tests showed another was not attributable to the virus.

Ebola causes a high fever and internal and external bleeding. There is no cure and no vaccine and it has a very high fatality rate.

The West African outbreak is highly unusual, as the disease is typically found only in central or eastern Africa.

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