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WHO says Ebola cases, deaths vastly underestimated


08-16-2014 10:52 BJT

Full coverage: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

New figures released by the World Health Organization show the deadly Ebola virus is still raging. The WHO said as of August 13th, there had been 2,127 cases reported in four West African countries, and the death toll is now 1,145 people.

In Liberia, where the disease first broke out, there have been 786 confirmed, probable and suspect cases, and 413 deaths. In Guinea, 519 confirmed, probable and suspect cases, and 380 deaths have been reported. In Sierra Leone, 348 deaths have been reported. And in Nigeria, 4 deaths have been reported.

Between August 12th and 13th, 152 new cases as well as 76 deaths were reported from the four countries.

The WHO also said that the numbers of reported cases and deaths "vastly underestimate" the magnitude of the outbreak of the virus. The organization is coordinating a massive scaling up of the international response, marshalling support from individual countries, disease control agencies, agencies within the UN system, and others.

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