Ghana: Ebola deaths cross 5,000-mark

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The total number of deaths from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has crossed the 5,000-mark, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday.

It says a total of 5,160 people have died in six countries from more than 14,000 reported infections, with Mali, which reported only one death before Wednesday, now reporting 4 deaths.

All but 13 deaths have been reported in three countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - while all but one death in the US have been reported in West Africa.

Liberia continues to be the worst hit with 2,836 deaths. Sierra Leone has 1,169 cases, Guinea 1,142, Nigeria 8 and Mali 4. WHO has certified Nigeria and Senegal Ebola-free.

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which started in Guinea, is the worst ever and the international community has been mobilising money, equipment and volunteers in a major onslaught against the deadly disease that has been threatening the worst affected countries.

Ebola Virus Disease, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.

The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in West Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.
-0- PANA MA 12Nov2014

12 november 2014 22:45:13

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