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Evidence suggests Ebola toll vastly underestimated: WHO

Published on Aug 15, 2014 6:50 AM
 
Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) medical workers wearing protective clothing carry the body bag of an Ebola victim at the MSF facility in Kailahun, on Aug 14, 2014. Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," the UN agency said on its website on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP

CONAKRY (REUTERS) – Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the UN agency said on its website on Thursday.

The death toll from the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola stood on Wednesday at 1,069 from 1,975 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, the agency said. The majority were in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, while four people have died in Nigeria.

The agency’s apparent acknowledgement the situation is worse than previously thought could spur governments and aid organisations to take stronger measures against the virus.

“Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak,” the organisation said on its website. “WHO is coordinating a massive scaling up of the international response, marshalling support from individual countries, disease control agencies, agencies within the United Nations system, and others.”

 
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