GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization issued an update Monday regarding the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
The death toll from the outbreak that began earlier this year, WHO noted Tuesday, has surpassed 1,000.
As of August 9, a total of 1,013 people have died of confirmed, probable, and suspected Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The distribution and classification of the cases are as follows:
-- Guinea, 506 cases (362 confirmed, 133 probable, and 11 suspected), including 373 deaths;
-- Liberia, 599 cases (158 confirmed, 306 probable, and 135 suspected), including 323 deaths;
-- Nigeria, 13 cases (0 confirmed, 10 probable, and 3 suspected), including 2 deaths;
-- Sierra Leone, 730 cases (656 confirmed, 37 probable, and 37 suspected), including 315 deaths.
WHO convened its first Emergency Committee meeting in response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa last week, declaring the outbreak a "public health emergency" and noting, "This is currently the largest EVD outbreak ever recorded."
On Monday, a panel of medical ethicists, scientists, and representatives from the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak were brought together by WHO to consider the use of untested drugs in response to the outbreak. The panel ruled that experimental drugs can be ethically used to combat Ebola.