EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE HAS SO FAR KILLED 11,315 PEOPLE SINCE ITS OUTBREAK IN 2014, SAYS WHO

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The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has so far claimed 11,315 lives since its outbreak in March 2014 in Africa.

A breakdown of the figure indicates that Liberia recorded the highest with 4,809 deaths, Sierra Leone 3,955, Guinea 2, 536, Nigeria 8, while Mali and the United States Of America (USA) had 6 and 1 deaths respectively.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) situation report on Ebola, the disease had killed 11,315 as at 20 December 2015, saying that the figure of deaths are probable, confirmed and suspected.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO), today, declared Guinea Ebola-Free.

Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria had earlier been declared Ebola-Free by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

”Data are based on official information reported by ministries of health. These numbers are subject to change due to ongoing reclassification, retrospective investigation and availability of laboratory results’’ says WHO.

 

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