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Number of Ebola cases jumps to over 13,700, WHO says

Geneva, Oct 29 (EFE).- The World Health Organization, or WHO, confirmed on Wednesday that 13,703 people have been infected with the Ebola virus since the epidemic began in March.

Of that number, 13,676 of the cases were reported from three West African countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Conakry, where international efforts are focused to control the epidemic.

In a country-by-country breakdown, the WHO said that 6,535 cases were registered in Liberia, 5,235 in Sierra Leone and 1,906 in Guinea.

Regarding the number of deaths, the WHO explained that it has not yet completed the count and that the final figure will be published in the next few hours.

The organization’s Assistant Director-General in charge of the operational response to Ebola, Dr. Bruce Aylward, said in a press conference that “probably the death toll has exceeded 5,000.”