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Ebola Death Toll Exceeds 5,000, WHO

GENEVA: The World Health Organization said today that 5,160 people have so far died of Ebola across eight countries, from a total 14,098 cases of infection.

The numbers supersede figures the UN health agency gave last Friday, when it reported 4,960 deaths and 13,268 cases.

WHO has acknowledged though that the number of deaths is likely far higher, given that the fatality rate in the current outbreak is known to be around 70 percent.

The fresh toll, which runs through November 9, comes as the outbreak appeared to be spreading in Mali, with four Ebola cases, all of whom died, confirmed or suspected in that country.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever meanwhile continues to affect Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone the most.