UN Agency Says Nearly 5,000 Dead From Ebola in West African Nations

Friday, November 7, 2014
By Paul Martin

World Health Organization Says Some Districts in the Countries Are Seeing A Decline in New Cases

Andrew Morse
Nov. 7, 2014

ZURICH—Nearly 5,000 people have died from the Ebola virus disease in the three West African countries at the center of the current Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization said Friday, with some districts in the countries experiencing a decline in new cases.

In an update, the United Nations health agency said 13,241 confirmed, suspected or probable cases of Ebola had been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries worst hit by the outbreak.

A total of 4,950 people have died of Ebola in the three countries, the WHO said.

The disease appeared to be declining in some districts of the three countries, the WHO said. But it added that “steep rises persist in other districts.”

“Intense transmission in the three most affected countries demands widespread rigorous control measures,” the WHO said. “Preparedness in unaffected neighboring countries is also critical.”

Ebola causes high fever and internal bleeding. The disease, which has a 21-day incubation period, spreads via bodily fluids and the bodies of its victims can be contagious.

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