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More Than 8,100 Ebola Deaths Recorded In West Africa; Sierra Leone Reports Largest Increase, WHO Says

Associated Press: U.N.: Ebola kills 8,153 people in West Africa, infects 20,650
“The World Health Organization says at least 8,153 people have died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Geneva-based body said Monday that the total number of confirmed, probable, and suspected deaths from the disease comes from 20,656 cases in the three most affected countries — a mortality rate of 39 percent…” (1/5).

CIDRAP: Ebola deaths top 8,000; exposures trigger health worker evacuations
“As deaths in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak officially topped 8,000 over the weekend, leadership of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) changed hands, and Guinea launched a new effort to battle the disease amid continuing reports of community resistance…” (Schnirring, 1/5).

Reuters: Ebola deaths top 8,000 in worst-hit West Africa: WHO
“…Sierra Leone recorded the biggest rise in fatalities, with 88 since the previous figures were issued on Jan. 2” (Nebehay, 1/5).

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