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Haliborange ebola facts - EBOLA SLOWING DOWN IN LIBERIA

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 10:00 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday reported that there has been a decline in the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia, one of three West African countries hardest hit by the deadly outbreak, considered one of the worst global health emergencies in modern times.

There has been a drop in the number of burials in Liberia and no increases in laboratory-confirmed cases. Liberia's Red Cross said its teams collected 117 bodies last week, down from a high of 315 in September. Treatment centres also have empty beds available for patients.

According to the last data, Liberia had reported 4,665 Ebola cases, 965 lab-confirmed cases and 2,705 deaths. The country has a population of approximately 4.4 million, and the disease has been identified in 14 of its 15 counties.

Warning that the crisis is far from over, WHO said globally, there are now more than 13,703 Ebola cases, with a death toll of over 5,000. WHO said the significant increase in figures since the last report on Saturday was due to data being updated with old cases, rather than new ones being reported.

The vast majority of Ebola cases and deaths from the recent outbreak have been in three countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.