World Health Organization: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000, fueled by surge in Sierra Leone

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CONAKRY, Guinea — The World Health Organization says the worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone.

New figures published late Friday showed the recorded death toll in the three countries hit hardest by the outbreak __ Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea __ had climbed to 7,373, up from 6,900 on Wednesday. A total of 392 of those new deaths were in Sierra Leone.

The new totals include confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola deaths. The WHO says there have also been six Ebola deaths in Mali, eight in Nigeria and one in the United States.

The total number of cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia now stands at 19,031, up from 18,569.

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