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WHO : Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

Geneva, Aug 21 (): World Health Organization stated on Wednesday that the death toll due to the Ebola virus outbreak inWest Africa has now climbed to at least 1,350 people.

Liberia is the severely affected country, where 576 have died and the virus outbreak in the country is deemed to be in most critical stage. Whereas, death tolls in Sierra Leone and Guinea stand at 374 and 396, respectively, while four persons have perished from the disease in Nigeria.

The deadly Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with blood, urine, saliva and other bodily fluids from an infected person.

Meantime, the UN health agency has cautioned in its statement that “the countries are starting to experience shortages of supply, including food, basic supplies and fuel.” These countries are experiencing supply shortage after number of shipping and airlines services have stopped transport to the badly affected capital cities of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Further, the updated numbers, based on the information WHO has collected from the health officials in affected countries, indicate that the number of informed Ebola cases has risen up to 2,473, with Sierra Leone (907) and Liberia (972) accounting for the larger share.

In Guinea, 579 people have been infected by the deadly virus, but statistics say the rate of transmission has slowed down due to awareness-raising campaigns and other precautionary measures taken. The situation in Nigeria is stable with only 15 reported cases.

In a frantic bid to stop the spread of the disease, Liberian authorities have isolated a huge slum that houses up to 50,000 people. The residents of the area protested the action of the authorities and started throwing rocks at police. Hundreds of residents from the slum clashed with police and soldiers. They got angry for being isolated and blamed their government, which has failed to collect dead bodies from the streets of the capital city.

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