According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) statistics on the recent Ebola outbreak, the death toll has now passed 1,000, with the number of cases nearing 2,000.
In their update for the 11th of August, the WHO said, “Between 7 and 9 August 2014, a total of 69 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 52 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.”
These new deaths from the WHO update bring their estimated number of deaths to 1013, but it must be noted that some of those deaths include ‘probable’ and ‘suspected’ deaths although most deaths are confirmed. The WHO statistics also say that Guinea leads all other nations in total number of deaths from Ebola however, Sierra Leona has a higher ‘confirmed’ death toll.
There have been large outbreaks in other African nations in the past months with hundreds of people dying from the disease. The disease is spread through body fluids, such as blood, and can also infect someone if they touch the body of someone who has died of Ebola.