337 person died in West Africa due to Ebola virus disease: WHO

Jun 19, 2014 16:16 IST

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 18 June 2014 declared that number of people killed by the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has risen to 337. It also said that in the second week of June 2014 14 deaths and 47 new cases were reported across the region.

It said that Guinea being the worst-affected country had seen 264 Ebola-related deaths. It also highlighted that Sierra Leone and Liberia had witnessed 49 and 24 deaths respectively. These three countries have been battling to contain the outbreak since February 2014.

Ebola virus is the one of the world’s deadliest viruses and has no cure or vaccine. Its symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding and it spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can also be spread through sexual contact or unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

It was discovered first time in 1976 in Democratic Republic of Congo, when it killed 280 people. It is such a dangerous disease that it kills between 25 to 90 percent of those who fall sick.

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