Ebola Death Toll Continues to Increase In West Africa; News Outlets Provide Updates On Outbreak, Response

As the number of Ebola deaths hits 932, news outlets provide updates on the outbreak and response in West Africa.

Associated Press/New York Times: Ebola Death Toll Reaches 932; 1,700 Cases: WHO
“A Nigerian nurse who treated a man with Ebola is now dead and five others are sick with one of the world’s most virulent diseases, authorities said Wednesday as the death toll rose to at least 932 people in four West African countries…” (8/6).

New York Times: Sierra Leone Deploys Troops in Ebola Crisis
“Faced with a widening crisis over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, Sierra Leone’s government said Tuesday that it would deploy hundreds of troops and police officers to ensure that patients and family members who may be infected remain isolated…” (Nossiter, 8/5).

Reuters: Lagos has eight suspected Ebola cases, one confirmed: Nigerian health official
“Lagos has eight suspected cases of Ebola, all in people who came into contact with Nigeria’s first victim who died last month, the health commissioner said on Tuesday, with one case confirmed…” (Mayowa, 8/5).

Reuters: Nurse dies in Nigeria’s second Ebola fatality: minister
“A Nigerian nurse infected with the Ebola virus has died, the second confirmed fatality from the disease in Africa’s most populous nation and leading oil producer, the country’s health minister said on Wednesday…” (Cocks, 8/6).

Reuters: Ebola mortality rate expected to rise as outbreak runs its deadly course
“The death rate so far in the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola is not as extreme as recorded in the past, but experts expect it to prove no less virulent in the end, once more victims succumb and the grim data is tallied up…” (Kelland, 8/5).

Reuters: Bodies dumped in streets as West Africa struggles to curb Ebola
“Relatives of Ebola victims in Liberia defied government orders and dumped infected bodies in the streets as West African governments struggled to enforce tough measures to curb an outbreak of the virus…” (MacDougall/Flynn, 8/5).

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