Ebola Death Toll Rises To More Than 600 In West Africa

News outlets report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola toll hits 603
“The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, with 68 new fatalities mostly in Sierra Leone and Liberia…” (7/15).

The Guardian: Ebola: voices from the epicenter of the epidemic
“…In a bid to boost the response to the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened a special meeting on 2-3 July in Accra, Ghana, with health ministers from 11 West African countries and partners involved in tackling the disease. Here, professionals involved in fighting the deadly virus share their experiences of what it’s like to be at the epicenter of the epidemic…” (Filou, 7/14).

IRIN: Fighting Ebola “by the grace of God”
“Panicked and shocked Liberian health workers who have seen their colleagues die of Ebola, which has killed more than 500 people in West Africa since January, are abandoning their work stations, hoping to resume only when the disease subsides…” (7/15).

Reuters: Death toll from West Africa Ebola outbreak jumps to 603: WHO
“The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 603 since February, with at least 68 deaths reported from three countries in the region in the last week alone, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday…” (Lewis, 7/15).

WHO: Accelerating WHO emergency response to Ebola outbreak: Contact tracing
“…As new cases of Ebola virus disease continue to be reported by the Ministries of Health in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, WHO’s response is accelerating in vital areas crucial to control the outbreak…” (July 2014).