600 Ebola cases in hard-hit countries in past week

The World Health Organization says 600 new cases of Ebola were reported in the most-affected countries in the past week, more than half of them in Sierra Leone.

AP Updated: Nov 27, 2014, 02:04 AM IST

Dakar: The World Health Organization says 600 new cases of Ebola were reported in the most-affected countries in the past week, more than half of them in Sierra Leone.

The UN health agency said today that 15,935 people have been sickened with Ebola as the disease sweeps West Africa and has occasionally popped up elsewhere. Of those, 5,689 have died.

It said infections appeared to be stabilizing in Guinea and stabilizing or declining in Liberia, but increasing in Sierra Leone. Officials in Sierra Leone, however, say the outbreak may be on the verge of slowing there.

The UN agency said it appears to have already passed the goal in Guinea of isolating 70 percent of patients by Dec 1, but is far behind that target in the other two hard-hit countries.