Ebola death toll reaches 7,842, says WHO

Ebola death toll reaches 7,842, says WHO

Monday, December 29, 2014 11:16 pm

Ebola workers in Guinea

Ebola workers in Guinea

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in west Africa has risen to 7,842 out of 20,081 cases recorded, the World Health Organization said Monday.

The previous toll released on December 26 was 7,693 deaths and 19,695 cases.

Almost all the deaths and cases have been recorded in three west African countries worst-hit by the outbreak: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Those apart, six have died in Mali, one in the United States and eight in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola-free in October.

Spain and Senegal, which have both been declared free of Ebola, meanwhile counted one case each, but no deaths.

– Sierra Leone –

Sierra Leone, which has overtaken Liberia as the country with the most infections, counted 9,409 cases and 2,732 deaths on December 27, the WHO said.

On Christmas Eve, the death toll was 2,655 and there were 9,203 cases. Sierra Leone imposed a lockdown on Christmas and New Year festivities to curb the spread of the virus.

However, Ebola infections have increased in the diamond-rich Kono district in the country’s east, the national broadcaster said.

Quoting updates from the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), it said Kono had recorded 21 new Ebola cases on December 26 and 27.

Local officials quoted said the government had sent 11 more ambulances Sunday to Kono, which before had a fleet of only three.

“The Ebola situation remains a grave concern as new cases emerged in the past two days,” the radio said.

“Three towns… have been identified as hotspots,” it added.

– Liberia –

Liberia, long the hardest-hit country, has seen a clear decrease in transmission over the past month.

As of December 27, the country counted 7,977 cases and 3,413 deaths, up from 7,862 cases and 3,376 deaths recorded in the previous update.

– Guinea –

In Guinea, where the outbreak started a year ago, 2,695 Ebola cases and 1,657 deaths were recorded up to December 27. The previous tally was 2,630 Ebola cases and 1,654 deaths as of December 24.

– Healthcare workers –

Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, is spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person showing symptoms such as fever or vomiting.

People caring for the sick or handling the bodies of people infected Ebola are especially exposed.

As of December 21 a total of 666 healthcare workers were known to have contracted the virus, and 366 of them had died, according to WHO.

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