The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new statistical figure for the Ebola death toll in West Africa, and the new figure of 3,000 Ebola deaths in West Africa as against the earlier 1,050 calls for concerted international efforts to contain the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
According to WHO, a latest number of 6,300 casualties have been reported in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and recently in Nigeria. In breaking down this figure, WHO reports that 1,022 people had been infected with the Ebola virus in Guinea and 635 of them had died of the disease. 3,280 infected persons have been identified in Liberia but 1,677 of the victims are now dead; and 593 people have been killed of Ebola out of the reported number of 1,940 in Sierra Leone; while 8 deaths have been recorded out of the 20 cases reported in Nigeria.
In a global effort to contain the spread of the terrible Ebola disease, the Cuban government has deployed about 300 medical doctors and nurses to fight the disease in West Africa, and the United States president, Barack Obama has deployed 3,000 military personnel to deal with the situation in the worst hit countries. The United Nations has stated that Ebola is “a threat to international peace and security” and predicted that the number of victims could rise to 20,000 by November if the Ebola epidemic is left unchecked.