West Africa’s Ebola Death Toll Tops 2,900

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The death toll of the Ebola outbreak in several West African countries is now at least 2,917, the World Health Organization announced Thursday.

At least 2,909 deaths have been reported in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the New York Times reports. There have been eight deaths and 21 infections in Senegal and Nigeria as well.

There have been 6,242 reported cases of Ebola in total, according to the United Nations health agency. While the number of cases has appeared to stabilize in Guinea and some parts of Sierra Leone, there have been more than 1,700 new cases reported in Liberia in the last three weeks alone.

More than half of all deaths and infections related to this latest and worst-ever Ebola outbreak have happened in Liberia.


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