WHO: number of Ebola cases surpasses 10,000

By Drum Digital
25 October 2014

The number of people infected with Ebola has risen to more than 10,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday.

The Geneva-based WHO said 10,141 people have been diagnosed with the deadly virus, an increase from its previous estimate of some 9,000 cases. It added that 4,922 people have been died from the virus, which has hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone the hardest.

The UN organization said no new cases or deaths linked to the virus had been recorded in Liberia in the previous three days.

In Sierra Leone, almost 200 new cases were reported, bringing the total number of infections there to 3,896. Twenty-two people died of the diseases in the past three days, WHO said.

Although the worst Ebola outbreak has been largely limited to West Africa, there have also been confirmed cases in the United States, Spain and Mali.

Transport authorities in New York and New Jersey said Saturday that any doctors and nurses flying into the New York area after treating Ebola patients in West Africa will be quarantined for three weeks to prevent the spread of the virus.

The health care workers affected will be those landing at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport in neighbouring New Jersey, said the Port Authority, which manages transportation in the metropolis.

The order was handed down after a New York doctor returned home a week ago after treating patients with the often deadly haemorrhagic fever in Guinea and then took taxis and the subway and went shopping and bowling before being diagnosed with Ebola himself. He has been isolated at a New York hospital since Thursday.

Ebola is transmitted through contact with an infected person's bodily fluids.

The New York-New Jersey order exceeded the voluntary quarantines recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for such doctors and nurses.

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