WHO: Ebola Cases in West Africa Passes 16,000, Death Toll Nearly 7,000
WHO: Ebola Cases in West Africa Passes 16,000, Death Toll Nearly 7,000

The World Health Organization says the number of Ebola cases in West Africa passes 16,000, with the death toll nearly surpassing 7,000.

The number of deaths is more than 1,000 higher than the figure issued by the WHO just two days ago, but it is thought to include deaths that have gone unreported in the weeks or months since the outbreak began. Most of the new deaths were recorded in Liberia

The WHO has warned that its figures could be a significant underestimation of the number of infections and deaths. Data from the outbreak has been patchy and the totals often rise considerably when backlogs of information are cleared. The latest confirmed data shows that almost half those known to have been infected withEbola have died. Source: Guardian

This comes as WHO says that “semen may be infectious with virus for as long as three months after onset of symptoms” and is recommending that men should wear condoms during sexual contact for at least three months after recovering from the disease.