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West Africa Ebola death toll hits 337: WHO

Published on Jun 19, 2014 7:11 AM
A file photo taken on April 14, 2014 shows health workers, wearing protective suits, walking in an isolation center for people infected with Ebola at Donka Hospital in Conakry. -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (AFP) - The death toll in west Africa’s three-nation Ebola outbreak has risen to 337, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday, making it the deadliest ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever.

Fresh data from the UN health agency showed that the number of deaths in Guinea, the hardest-hit country, has reached 264, while 49 had died in Sierra Leone and 24 in Liberia.

The new toll marks a more than 60-per cent hike since the WHO’s last figure on June 4, when it said 208 people had succumbed to the deadly virus.

Including the deaths, 528 people across the three countries have contracted Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, the WHO said.

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