The death toll from the Ebola deadly virus in West Africa has reached 887, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, as the Nigerian health ministry confirmed the country’s second case and continues taking precautions to stop further infections.
The virus has ‘massacred’ people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and is believed to be spreading rapidly, baffling experts, WHO and several NGOs currently operating in the region.
A total of 61 people have died and 163 new cases have been registered in just two days, the UN health agency announced in a statement, adding that three of these cases are in Nigeria and include two new probable cases. One is a health-care worker and one is a Nigerian who travelled to Guinea — and a suspected case in a nurse.
WHO said its DG recently visited Guinea and held high-level meetings with the heads of state of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The aim of the visit, it said, was to review the status of the Ebola epidemic and adopt common strategies to eradicate the virus from the sub-region.
Photo: An Ebola patient lies in agony in Guinea-Conakry. Credit: Nostagie Guinée