Ebola cases top 7,000 in West Africa - UN
11 Oct CHINA DAILY
The UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported that more than 7,000
people have been diagnosed with infection of the Ebola virus in West
Africa, a UN spokesperson said .
The number of Ebola cases has totaled 7,178, with 3,338 reported
deaths based on the information provided by the health ministries of
Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told
reporters at a daily news briefing, quoting statistics given by the
World Health Organization (WHO).
"The upward epidemic trend continues in Sierra Leone and most
probably also in Liberia.
By contrast, the situation in Guinea appears to be more stable," he
said, adding that though it must be emphasized that in the context of an
Ebola outbreak, a stable pattern of transmission is still of a very
grave concern and could change quickly. Ebola, a highly contagious and
fatal virus transmitted through close contact with the infected, has
spread rapidly across West Africa since early cases were detected in
March, leaving thousands sick and dead in its wake and sowing panic
among local communities.
The WHO noted that 375 health care workers are known to have
developed Ebola (67 in Guinea, 184 in Liberia, 11 in Nigeria, and 113 in
Sierra Leone), and 211 of them have died as a result.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United
States on Tuesday announced the first case of Ebola has been confirmed
in the country.
The Ebola patient was identified as Thomas Eric Duncan, who traveled
from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, to visit relatives there last month but
fell ill on Sept. 24.