WHO: Ebola deaths in West Africa surge to 467

World Health Organisation says 759 people have been infected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    The WHO says 759 people have been infected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone [EPA]
    The WHO says 759 people have been infected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone [EPA]

    The World Health Organisation has said that West Africa's Ebola outbreak has claimed 467 lives as the death toll continues to climb in all three countries reporting cases.

    In a statement on Tuesday, it said 759 people have been infected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    The new numbers include suspected, probable and laboratory-confirmed cases. Their release comes on the eve of a two-day regional meeting in Ghana to improve efforts to combat the disease.

    An update last week said there had been 367 deaths, already far higher than the previous most lethal outbreak which killed 254 people in Congo in 1995.

    Transmission has been facilitated by widespread distrust of health workers, heavy traffic near the countries' porous borders and the spread of the disease to capital cities in both Liberia and Guinea.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The story of Shula Cohen, aka The Pearl, who spied for the Israelis in Lebanon for 14 years.