MOSCOW, October 10 (RIA Novosti) – The number of people who have died from the Ebola virus has reached 4,033, a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) released Friday said.
"A total of 8399 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in seven affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) up to the end of 8 October. There have been 4033 deaths," the report said.
The Ebola epidemic currently taking place in West Africa broke out in southern Guinea in February, and later spread across the entire region, with cases also having been reported in Spain and the United States.
According to Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the risk of Ebola's spread in European countries remains low, but separate cases are inevitable, as people continue traveling between Europe and the affected countries.
The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of those infected. Though there is no officially approved medication for the disease, several countries, including Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan are currently working on developing Ebola vaccines.