More Than 1 Million People In Ebola ‘Hot Zone,’ Says U.N.; News Outlets Provide Updates On Cases, Deaths

According to the U.N., more than one million people are affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, residing in the “hot zone of disease transmission,” and there are now 1,975 cases and 1,069 deaths. News outlets report on this announcement and note a new case in Nigeria.

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. health agency says more than 1 million people affected by outbreak
“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened a United Nations system-wide coordination meeting in response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is now affecting more than 1 million people in the so-called ‘hot zone of disease transmission’ on the borders of the three countries most impacted by the disease. According to the latest update issued today by the World Health Organization (WHO), between 10 and 11 August, 128 new cases of Ebola virus disease, as well as 56 deaths, were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, bringing the total number of cases to 1,975 and deaths to 1,069…” (8/13).

Agence France-Presse: Nigeria fears Ebola spread to east by infected nurse
“A nurse who contracted Ebola at a Lagos hospital travelled to the eastern part of Nigeria before falling sick, raising fears of new infections outside the city, officials said Wednesday…” (8/13).

CNN: WHO: Ebola cases near 2,000, with more than half dead
“The deadliest Ebola outbreak in recorded history has now infected nearly 2,000 people, with more than half of those killed by the disease, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. Ebola is believed to have infected 1,975 people in four West African countries since the outbreak began this year, and 1,069 of them have died, the WHO said. The numbers reflect the WHO’s count as of Monday…” (Hanna/Ly, 8/13).

The Hill: Ebola toll hits 1,069 in West Africa
“The world’s worst outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 1,069 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported Wednesday. The update reflects 56 new deaths as cases of the disease worsen in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria. A total of 1,975 cases have been confirmed since March…” (Viebeck, 8/13).

Reuters: Nigeria reports one more Ebola case, 11 in total
“Nigeria has confirmed 11 cases of Ebola, after a doctor who treated the Liberian man who brought the disease to Lagos fell ill, the health minister said on Thursday…” (Eboh/Cocks, 8/14).

Reuters: WHO reports 128 new Ebola cases, 45 deaths in West Africa
“The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday reported 128 new Ebola cases and 56 deaths in West Africa in the two days to August 11, raising the death toll from the worst ever outbreak of the disease to 1,069…” (Nebehay, 8/13).

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