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Saturday, 20 December 2014

WHO: Ebola Death Toll Tops 7,000 in West Africa

The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola
epidemic in West Africa has topped 7,000.

New figures published late Friday show fatalities in Liberia, Sierra
Leone and Guinea climbing to 7,373 - an increase of nearly 450 from
the WHO's previous update on Wednesday.

The total number of cases in those three countries now stands at 19,031.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on a tour of the West African
nations struggling with Ebola. In Guinea Saturday, he met with
President Alpha Conde and some of the health workers fighting the

Mr. Ban noted the spread of Ebola has slowed in parts of Guinea, but
said he is worried that the number of cases in Guinea's forest region,
bordering both Liberia and Sierra Leone, continues to grow.

The U.N. chief next heads to Mali's capital, Bamako, the final stop on his tour.

Earlier he visited Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In Liberia, meanwhile, polls have opened for senate elections that
were delayed twice because of the Ebola outbreak.

Critics had questioned whether it would be safe to hold the vote.

During his stop in Monrovia on Friday, Mr. Ban urged the capital's
residents to go to the polls but to follow public health guidelines to
prevent infection.

Voters will have to wash their hands and be tested for fever before
entering polling stations.

Candidates in that election include former football (soccer) star
George Weah and Robert Sirleaf, the son of President Ellen Johnson

Credit: VOA News

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