toll from West Africa Ebola hits 337: WHO update
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[June 18, 2014]
DAKAR (Reuters) - The death
toll from an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and
Sierra Leone has hit 337 since February, according to
the latest figures from the U.N. World Health
Organization issued on Wednesday.
The update said 47 new cases and 14 new deaths were reported across
the region over the last week, a further sign that the weak local
health systems are failing to stamp out the disease despite
international experts being dispatched to help out.
According to the WHO, Guinea remains the most affected country with
264 Ebola-related deaths. However, the tolls in Sierra Leone and
Liberia have recently spiked, hitting 49 and 24, respectively.
(Reporting by David Lewis and Bate Felix; Editing by Daniel Flynn)
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