WHO: Ebola epidemic death toll passes 7,500

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said: The death toll from Ebola epidemic in west Africa has risen to 7,588 out of 19,497 confirmed cases. The virus is still spreading rapidly in Sierra Leone, especially in the north and west, with 315 new confirmed cases reported including 115 cases in the capital Freetown.

“The neighbouring district of Port Loko experienced a surge in new cases, reporting 92 confirmed cases compared with 56 the previous week,” the WHO said on Wednesday (24 Dec.). In Guinea, 156 confirmed cases were recorded during the same period, “the highest weekly case incidence reported by the country in this outbreak”, the WHO said.

The Port Loko district of Sierra Leone planned a three-day lockdown over Christmas. “Port Loko will do a lockdown and a house-to-house campaign to find the sick,” said OB Sisay, an official in the Ebola response centre. Sierra Leone has also banned Christmas parties and others nationwide to stop the epidemic.

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