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Ebola Death Toll Reaches 3,338; Cases Likely Under-Reported, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the WHO’s updated numbers of Ebola cases and deaths, as well as the agency’s warnings the epidemic is not yet under control.

Reuters: Ebola deaths reach 3,338, but widely undercounted, WHO says
“The death toll from the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record reached 3,338 people out of 7,178 cases in West Africa as of Sept. 28, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. It said the total number of new cases had fallen for a second week, but warned against reading any good news into the figures as they were almost certainly under-reported and there were few signs of the epidemic being brought under control…” (Miles, 10/1).

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Virus Has Killed More Than 3,300 People, WHO Says
“More than 3,300 people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization, as the deadly virus continues to spread. In an update, the United Nations health agency said 3,338 had died of confirmed, suspected, or probable cases of Ebola through Sept. 28. A total of 7,178 cases have been reported…” (Stynes, 10/1).

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