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Ebola in West Africa: Total cases in 2014 exceed 20,000 as death toll nears 8,000

Geneva, Jan 3 : According to recent figures released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the total number of people infected with the deadly Ebola virus in 2014 reached 20,381. The death toll stands at 7,989, the reports revealed. (Read: 5 reasons the ebola virus should never come to India)

The report accounts for confirmed, suspected as well as probable cases of Ebola recorded in Guinea Conakry and Sierra Leone until Dec 31 and in Liberia until Dec 28. The country most severely affected by the epidemic is Sierra Leone, where 9,633 infections and 2,827 deaths have been reported, followed by Liberia with 8,018 infections and 3,423 deaths. (Read: Latest Ebola news: CDC announces a possible accidental exposure to the virus in their lab)

Meanwhile, in Guinea Conakry, there were 2,730 infections and 1,739 deaths recorded in 2014. This is the worst Ebola epidemic since the virus was discovered in 1976, approximately 100 km from the Ebola river in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Source: IANS

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