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Ebola virus death toll in West Africa exceeds 11,150 -- WHO

The death toll from the current Ebola outbreak has reached 11,154. The number of those infected amounts to 27,219, the World Health Organization /WHO/ said in on Monday.

These cases were reported from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In line with statistics, the maximum number of Ebola-related deaths and cases has been registered in Liberia - 4,806 cumulative deaths and 10,666 cumulative cases. From May 9, this country was officially proclaimed "free from Ebola." The infection however has not yet been curbed in Sierra Leone and Guinea. Thus, as many as 3,913 Ebola-related deaths and 12,884 Ebola cases were registered in Sierra Leone and 2,435 deaths and 3,669 Ebola cases were registered in Guinea.

The number of Ebola-related deaths in these three countries rose by 9 and the number of cases rose by 84 since June 1.

Separate cases have also been registered in Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain, Great Britain and the United States. In most of these countries the number of Ebola-related cases does not exceed ten, with the only exception of Nigeria, where 20 people are infected by Ebola virus and eight have died.

The World Health Organization describes Ebola virus disease /formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever/ as "a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%." Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus. The incubation period is 2 to 21 days. There is no known cure or vaccine for the disease. The only treatment offered is "supportive intensive care.".

[Source: Itar Tass, Geneva, 08Jun15]

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