Ebola death toll surpasses 3000 in West Africa: WHO

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Ebola has induced panic all over the world. The deadly virus has killed nearly 3000 people in West Africa till now, according to latest figures released by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

According to the report released, nearly 6,300 people in West Africa are believed to be infected with the virus.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has declared the Ebola outbreak as 'a threat to international peace and security'. Also, US President Barack Obama has committed a deployment of 3,000 US troops and termed Ebola as a global threat which requires international response.

A new study has also warned that the number of infected cases could reach 20,000 by the beginning of November if efforts to contain the outbreak are not accelerated.

Here are the latest WHO numbers, as of September 21:

In Guinea, where the outbreak began late last year, Ebola had as of September 21 infected 1,022 people, killing 635 of them.

In Liberia, which has been hit the hardest by the outbreak, 3,280 people had been infected with Ebola, more than half in the preceding three weeks, and 1,677 of them had died.

In Sierra Leone, Ebola had meanwhile infected 1,940 people and killed 593 of them. The three weeks since September 1 accounted for 38 percent of total infections.

Nigeria had, as of September 21, recorded 20 cases, including eight deaths, since Ebola first arrived in the country with a Liberian finance ministry official, who died in Lagos on July 25.

Ebola virus, which spreads through mucous and other body fluids or secretions such as stool, urine, saliva and semen of infected people, is believed to be very difficult to control at present.

(With Agency inputs)


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