The death toll from the deadly Ebola virus has exceeded 4,000 as the disease continues to claim more lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
The latest data released on Friday by the UN health agency showed that up to the end of October 8, 8,399 confirmed, probable, or suspected cases were reported in seven countries.
The report added that 4,033 people have also died from the disease.
According to the Geneva-based agency, the virus has so far killed 2,316 in Liberia, 930 in Sierra Leone, 778 in Guinea, eight in Nigeria, and one in the United States. The virus has also affected Senegal and Spain.
Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visited the hospital where Teresa Romero, a nurse who has been infected with the virus, was being treated.
Rajoy described the Ebola situation in his country as “complex and difficult” amid criticism over the country’s handling of the deadly virus.
Romero was infected in the hospital as she cared for two elderly Spanish missionaries who later died from the virus. The missionaries were infected in West Africa and sent back to Spain in August and September.
Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding.
The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can also be spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.
Ebola was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976 in an outbreak that killed 280 people.
It remains one of the world’s most virulent diseases, which kills between 25 to 90 percent of those who fall sick.
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