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Ebola Death Toll Reaches 2,630 Out Of 5,357 Cases, WHO Says

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement that the number of Ebola cases is growing rapidly and the virus has killed roughly half of those infected.

Agence France-Presse: Ebola death toll climbs to 2,630 out of 5,357 cases: WHO
“The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected more than 5,000 people in West Africa and killed around half of them, the World Health Organization said Thursday…” (9/18).

Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: Number of Ebola Cases Accelerating, Says World Health Organization
“The World Health Organization says more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating…” (9/18).

New York Times: Ebola Deaths Doubled in a Month, Health Group Says
“The number of people in West Africa who have contracted the Ebola virus and died from the hemorrhagic fever that it causes has doubled in the past month, the World Health Organization reported on Thursday…” (Cumming-Bruce, 9/18).

NPR: A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?
“If nothing changes in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 cases by the end of 2014…” (Doucleff, 9/18).

Reuters: Death toll in West Africa Ebola epidemic reaches 2,630: WHO
“At least 2,630 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Kelland/Miles, 9/18).

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