Switzerland: Ebola deaths continue steady climb, hit 5,160

Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The number of deaths recorded from the worst Ebola outbreak in history has risen to 5,160, continuing its steady climb as the disease continues to ravage the three West African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, PANA reported Friday.

According to the latest statistics by the global health body World Health Organisation (WHO), the deaths resulted from 14,098 cases mostly in the three countries.

Liberia continues to bear the brunt of the virus that was first discovered in 1976 with a total of 2,836 deaths, followed by Sierra Leone with 1,169 and Guinea with 1,142.

The remaining deaths are from Mali (4), Nigeria (8) and the United States (1).

However, in what may be a ray of hope, the WHO said the incidence of the disease may no longer be increasing in Guinea and Liberia, ''but steep increases persist in Sierra Leone''.  

''A mixed picture emerges at the district level. Transmission is consistently high in Conakry and Macenta in Guinea; Montserrado in Liberia; and in the western and northern areas of Sierra Leone. Declines in incidence continue in Lofa in Liberia; and Kenema and Kailahun in Sierra Leone. Cases and deaths continue to be under-reported in this outbreak,'' the WHO said.

Meanwhile, WHO has appealed to member states to provide funding and other resources to assist in containing the Ebola outbreak

The organisation said while it requires US$260 million to meet the objectives of its response to the Ebola outbreak, it has received only 49% of these funds as at 24 Oct., while 15% of the funds required have been pledged, leaving a gap of 36%.

-0- PANA SEG 13Nov2014

13 november 2014 13:27:34

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