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Ebola death toll jumps to more than 1,900: WHO

Published on Sep 4, 2014 5:33 AM
A health care worker wearing a full body suit burns infected items at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy hospital of Monrovia on Sept 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - More than 1,900 people have now died of Ebola in west Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, warning the world's worst-ever outbreak of the virus is still gathering pace.

Global health experts have stepped up their warnings in recent days that world leaders need to do more to address the epidemic, which is most prominent in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The outbreak of Ebola, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has sparked alarm throughout the region but also further afield, with scientists scrambling to come up with treatment.

"As of this week, we are reporting 3,500 cases confirmed in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and more than 1,900 deaths - and the outbreak is rising," WHO chief Margaret Chan told reporters in Washington.

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