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WHO: Ebola death toll reaches 887 in West Africa

The World Health Organization has recorded 1,603 cases of the Ebola virus in West Africa.
By JC Finley   |   Aug. 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM   |   Comments

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GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization issued an update regarding the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

A total of 1,603 people have been infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone as of August 1. WHO noted that 887 of those infected people have died.

"The distribution and classification of the cases are as follows: Guinea, 485 cases (340 confirmed, 133 probable, and 12 suspected) including 358 deaths; Liberia, 468 cases (129 confirmed, 234 probable, and 105 suspected) including 255 deaths; Nigeria, 4 cases (0 confirmed, 3 probable, 1 suspected) including 1 death; and Sierra Leone, 646 cases (540 confirmed, 46 probable, and 60 suspected) including 273 deaths."

The Ebola virus is spread by close contact and typically kills up to 90 percent of its victims. There is no known cure or antivirus.

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