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WHO Offers Update on Ebola Outbreak, Number of Suspected Cases Surpasses 3,000

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:49:05 +0000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- The number of probable and confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in West Africa surpassed 3,000, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, with more than 1,550 at least suspected to have died of the disease.

The WHO updated its figures on the spread of Ebola, which looks at the number of probable and confirmed Ebola cases and deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Thus far, 1,752 confirmed cases and 897 confirmed deaths have been linked with Ebola. An additional 1,317 cases and 655 deaths are considered either "probable" or "suspected" to be related to the disease.

The largest part of the Ebola outbreak remains in Sierra Leone and Liberia, though cases have begun to spring up in Nigeria within the last two weeks.

More than 40 percent of the total number of Ebola cases have been identified in the last three weeks.

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