Acceleration Seen in Ebola Outbreak, Death Toll Exceeds 2,600

Thursday, September 18, 2014
By Paul Martin

VOA News
September 18, 2014

At least 2,622 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,335 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

The WHO said more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating. Just three weeks ago the number of new cases was around 500 for a one-week period.

The number of people believed to have killed is now more than 2,600, an increase of roughly 200 from the last estimate, WHO said Thursday. Most deaths have been in Liberia.

Just under half of the 5,300 cases of infection were recorded in the last three weeks, according to the WHO.

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