Ebola has killed 4,877, infected 9,936 - WHO
25 Oct MHB
The Ebola epidemic has so far claimed the lives of 4,877 people all
around the world, while more than 9,936 people have been infected, the
World Health Organization (WHO) says.
The virus has been most devastating in the West African countries of
Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea which have incurred the most fatalities
with 2,705, 1,259 and 904 deaths respectively, said the Ebola Response
Roadmap Situation Report issued by the WHO .
"EVD (Ebola virus disease) transmission remains persistent and
widespread in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone... Transmission remains
intense in the capital cities of the three most affected countries," the
However, the death toll is expected to be much higher and may even
exceed 15,000 victims, the report added."Case numbers continue to be
under-reported, especially from the Liberian capital Monrovia," the WHO
statement read.The World Health Organization announced last week that
Senegal and Nigeria have managed to staunch the spread of the virus and
are now Ebola-free.
The WHO is currently under fire for its failure to anticipate the
current scope of the Ebola outbreak and falling short of giving a quick
and appropriate response.