S.Leone drives slight rise in Ebola deaths

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More than 6,000 people have died from Ebola in the three hardest hit countries in west Africa, a slight rise driven by an increase in cases in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

The WHO reported a total of 6,055 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the beginning of the outbreak, up from 5,987 a few days earlier.

The death toll elsewhere remains the same -- six in Mali, one in the United States, and eight in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola-free in October.

Across the eight countries affected -- including Spain and Senegal, which have both now been declared Ebola free -- there have been 6,070 deaths and 17,145 cases.

In Sierra Leone, where an increase in cases in the west of the country is causing concern, 1,583 deaths out of 7,312 suspected cases were reported as of November 30.

On Monday, the WHO published figures for Sierra Leone up to November 28, showing 1,530 deaths and 7,109 cases.

In Guinea, where the outbreak started in December last year, 1,327 fatalities out of 2,164 cases were reported as of November 30.

This compares to figures up to November 28 of 1,312 deaths out of 2,155 cases.

In Liberia, which had been the worst affected, 3,145 people had died out of a total of 7,635 cases as of November 28.

© 2014 AFP

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