WHO: Ebola death toll is greatly underestimated; actual number close to 15,000 deaths

Monday, November 3, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan A. Huff
Monday, November 03, 2014

The official Ebola death count during the current outbreak is reportedly hovering around 5,000, but the World Health Organization (WHO) says this number is likely far too low. Based on assessments of cases not reported, the United Nations arm says the actual number of Ebola deaths is likely three times higher than what is being reported, or about 15,000.

WHO estimates that the real number of Ebola cases in all three of the worst-hit countries is significantly higher than the official count. In Guinea, it is believed to be 1.5 times higher, while in Sierra Leone officials estimate the number to be double what is being reported. And in Liberia, the true number of cases is believed to be 2.5 times higher; this bumps the number of deaths up into the double-digit thousands.

Despite government claims that only between 40 and 50 percent of Ebola victims end up dying from the disease, WHO claims that the ongoing death rate has been upwards of 70 percent. This data combined with the group’s projections suggest that tens of thousands of people have contracted Ebola, and most of them have or will die from it.

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