MOSCOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti) -The death toll from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has passed 1,500, while the number of infected has risen to more than 3,000 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported Thursday.
“The total number of probable and confirmed cases in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the four affected countries as reported by the respective Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone is 3,069, with 1,552 deaths,” the WHO said in a report published on its website, adding that the outbreak’s spread is continuing to accelerate.
According to the latest figures, the current outbreak’s case fatality rate now stands at 54 percent, ranging from 42 percent in Sierra Leone to 66 percent in Guinea.
On August 25, the WHO called the number of medical staff infected with Ebola “unprecedented.” The virus has inflected more than 240 health care professionals working in West Africa, killing more than 120 of them.
The current outbreak began in December 2013 in Guinea, spreading to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and most recently, the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is considered the disease’s deadliest outbreak since its discovery in 1976.