Number of Ebola cases passes 10,000

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Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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The World Health Organisation says the number of people believed to have Ebola has risen above 10,000.

The UN health agency said the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Of those, 4,922 people have died.

The WHO has said repeatedly that even those high figures are probably an under-estimate as many people in the hardest-hit countries have been unable or too frightened to seek medical care.

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa is the largest ever seen. It has particularly affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but there have also been cases in three other west African countries, Spain and the US. Mali recorded its first case on Thursday.

Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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