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Ebola Death Toll Nears 5,000: World Health Organization

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The World Health Organization announced Friday that Ebola virus death toll nears 5,000.

MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti) — A total of 4,960 people have been killed by the Ebola virus in eight countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

"A total of 13268 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in six currently affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria, Senegal) up to the end of 4 November 2014. There have been 4960 reported deaths," the statement published Friday on ReliefWeb said.

Even though no new cases have been reported in Mali, Spain and the United States, the organization called for "a high level of vigilance."

"Intense transmission in the three most affected countries demands widespread rigorous control measures. Preparedness in unaffected neighbouring countries is also critical," the statement warned.

The current Ebola epidemic, one of the current global security issues, started in southern Guinea at the end of 2013 and later spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal. Recently, Senegal and Nigeria have, however, been declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The virus is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of those infected with the disease.

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