Ebola death toll rises to 729 in West Africa: WHO
GENEVA: The deaths of 57 more people from Ebola in West
Africa have pushed the overall fatality toll from the epidemic to 729, the World
Health Organisation said on Thursday. The 57 deaths were recorded between
Thursday and Sunday last week in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the
UN health agency said in a statement.
It said 122 new cases were detected over those four
days, taking the total number of confirmed and likely infected cases from the
outbreak so far to 1,323. WHO said the trend in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra
Leone “remains precarious with ongoing… transmission of infection”.
Guinea is suffering the worst from the disease, which
causes often fatal bleeding and has no vaccine. The country’s authorities
reported 20 more deaths apparently from Ebola in the last four days of last
week, taking its national fatality figure to 339.
Liberia saw 27 more deaths, for a total national death
toll of 156. Sierra Leone reported nine more deaths for a total 233 dead.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, reported its first death from Ebola in
that period. WHO said the medical sample taken from the patient who died in
Nigeria shortly after arriving by air had still not been analysed by its
regional lab because courier companies were refusing to transport it.
The UN agency added that it “does not recommend any
travel or trade restrictions” be applied to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra
Leone at this time.