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Saturday 18 November 2017

Deaths linked to Ebola pass 3,000

John Tamba, 17, stands in his uncle's house in the St Paul's Bridge neighbourhood of Monrovia, Liberia (AP)
John Tamba, 17, stands in his uncle's house in the St Paul's Bridge neighbourhood of Monrovia, Liberia (AP)

The number of deaths linked to an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 3,000, the World Health Organisation said.

The new tolls published on Friday showed that there were more than 150 deaths in Liberia alone in just two days.

The outbreak has also touched Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal - but it is the worst in Liberia.

The WHO has said that even the heavy death toll in this outbreak - the largest ever - may be an underestimate.

Cases are going unrecorded because people are afraid to go to hospitals, or worse, are turned away from them because they are overflowing.

The latest figures said more than 6,500 people are believed to have contracted Ebola.

Press Association

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