SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)
More than 4,000 people have died in the Ebola epidemic that broke out in west Africa at the start of the year, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization on Friday.
The WHO said that as of October 8, 4,033 people have died from Ebola out of a total of 8,399 registered cases in seven countries.
The last toll put the figures at 3,865 dead from 8,033 cases.
The seven affected countries are split into two groups by WHO. The first includes Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — by far the worst-affected countries.
The second includes Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and United States, which have seen a small number of highly isolated cases.
Liberia is the worst-hit of all, with 4,076 cases and 2,316 deaths, followed by Sierra Leone with 2,950 cases and 930 deaths.
Guinea, where the epidemic originated in December, has seen 1,350 cases and 778 deaths.
Health workers continue to pay a heavy price for their efforts with 233 deaths out of 416 cases across the countries.
Nigeria´s toll remained unchanged at eight dead from 20 cases. WHO has said it will be declared Ebola-free on October 20 if it has no further cases.
There has been one death in the United States and one case contracted in Spain.
The toll remained unchanged in Senegal with one case.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, hit by a separate strain of Ebola from the one raging in west Africa, the WHO said there have been 71 cases and 43 deaths up to October 7. (AFP)