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Ebola Death Toll Nears 5,000 Out of More Than 10,000 Cases: WHO

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GENEVA — The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The three worst-hit countries of West Africa — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — account for the bulk, recording 4,912 deaths out of 10,114 cases, the WHO said in its update.

The overall figures include outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal, deemed by the WHO to be now over, as well as isolated cases in Spain, the United States and a single case in Mali. But the true toll may be three times as much: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. Explaining these projections, the WHO said many families are keeping infected people at home rather than putting them into isolation in treatment centers, some of which have refused patients due to overcrowding.

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