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Death toll in West African Ebola epidemic rises to 1,427: WHO

Published on Aug 23, 2014 9:28 AM
A nursing staff disinfects a doctor's outfit at the French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders) Elwa hospital in Monrovia, where patients suffering from Ebola are taken care of, on Aug 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has led to 1,427 deaths out of 2,615 known cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

In its latest update, the WHO reported 142 new laboratory-confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola and 77 more deaths from four affected countries - Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

Earlier, the WHO said the scale of the world's worst Ebola outbreak had been concealed by families hiding infected loved ones in their homes and the existence of "shadow zones" that medics cannot enter. It is due to issue a global strategy plan towards the end of next week in Geneva.