Ebola cases surge to more than 10,000: WHO

Staff of the emergency medical services in France (SAMU) wear Ebola virus protection outfits during a press presentation at the Necker Hospital in Paris, October 24, 2014. (Reuters)

More than 10,000 Ebola cases have been identified in eight countries, 5,922 of which already killed by the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement.

Most cases were found in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone where 4,912 of the deaths out of 10,114 cases occurred, Reuters news agency reported.

In an ominous note, the United Nations agency said that out of the eight districts of Liberia and Guinea sharing a border with Ivory Coast, only two have yet to report confirmed or probable Ebola cases.

The figures include cases in Nigeria and Senegal, where WHO said outbreak has been dealt with including isolated cases in Spain, the United States and a single case in Mali.

The figures include cases in Nigeria and Senegal, where WHO said outbreak has been dealt with including isolated cases in Spain, the United States and a single case in Mali.

But the true toll may be three times as much: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases.

WHO attributed these numbers to many families keeping sick members at home rather than admitting into isolation in treatment centers, some of which have refused patients due to overcrowding.

The WHO also said 15 African states including Ivory Coast are at highest risk of the deadly virus being imported.

[With Reuters]

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