Ebola Virus Symptoms & Outbreak: Death Toll in West Africa Continues to Climb; 964 Cases Reported

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Anjalee Khemlani
Jul 16, 2014

The death toll from the Ebola virus in West African countries has increased in the past week and the problem is being exacerbated by patients refusing treatment.

The World Health Organization (WHO) released new numbers Tuesday, which showed double-digit increases in the percentages of both new cases reported and deaths from the virus in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the New York Times.

Half of the 603 deaths have been in Guinea, and total deaths is an increase of 16 percent from the week before. The number of suspected and confirmed cases has reached 964, an increase of about 14 percent from the week before.

“This trend indicates that a high level of transmission of the Ebola virus continues to take place in the community,” according to the WHO.

The alarming rise in numbers has spurred the Ivory Coast government to bar natives, who are refugees in Liberia, from crossing back over the border.

But the WHO has not implemented and trade or travel restrictions to the affected areas.

Ebola causes fever, vomiting, bleeding, diarrhea, and is highly likely to result in death, according to Reuters.

It first broke out in Africa in 1976 near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the New York Times.

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