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Ebola epidemic kills almost 3,000 — WHO

September 25, 2014, 17:01 UTC+3 GENEVA
According to the WHO, the most difficult situation is Liberia with 1,677 deaths reported
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GENEVA, September 25. /ITAR-TASS/. The number of the Ebola outbreak victims in West Africa has reached 2,917, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report on Thursday.

A total of 6,263 people have been infected with Ebola in the region, the UN Health Agency said adding that Liberia ,Sierra Leone and Guinea remained the hardest-hit countries,

According to the WHO, the most difficult situation is Liberia, where 1,677 deaths were reported.

Ebola disease

The Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) was first reported in 1976 in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and got its name from the river near which the first outbreak occurred.

It is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90% It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care.

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