How to track and understand the Ebola outbreak in Africa
An article by Kate O’Brien.
Originally published at 9:59amAUSTRALIA’S COASTAL MASSACRE AUGUSTA, Ga.
— The death toll from the Ebola virus in West Africa rose to at least 5,800 on Thursday as more than 1,500 new cases have been reported.
A woman walks past the hospital where a woman died from Ebola in the town of Kailahun in Liberia, June 6, 2016.
The total number of confirmed cases has risen to 1,937, with more than 6,000 deaths.
The outbreak has killed at least 9,300 people, according to the World Health Organization.WHO officials say the outbreak is not curable but is slowly being contained.
The number of new confirmed cases in Liberia and Guinea, the two countries worst-hit by the outbreak, has reached more than 3,000, with nearly 600 of those deaths, said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, health officials have declared a public health emergency, citing the high levels of Ebola-related mortality.
The country is in the middle of a six-year-old outbreak.
The epidemic has caused an estimated $20 billion in damage, the U.N. said in a statement Thursday.
The Ebola outbreak has infected more than 2,000 people and infected 3,726 people, WHO Director General Margaret Chan said in an interview with CNN.
The United States and other nations have sent teams of doctors and other health workers to help fight the outbreak in West African nations, including Senegal, the United Kingdom and Australia.