Nearly 16,000 Ebola cases worldwide, Sierra Leone reeling, says WHO

A child who survived the Ebola virus is fed by another survivor at a treatment centre in Sierra Leone on Nov 11, 2014. The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by the e
A child who survived the Ebola virus is fed by another survivor at a treatment centre in Sierra Leone on Nov 11, 2014. The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by the end of Nov 23, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (REUTERS) - The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by the end of Nov 23, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.

Almost all cases and all but 15 deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - the three hardest-hit countries, which reported 600 new cases in the past week, the WHO said in its latest update.

"The total number of cases reported in Sierra Leone since the outbreak began will soon eclipse the number reported from Liberia," it said, adding that the capital Freetown remained the worst affected part of the former British colony.