Date
22 November 2017
Health workers in protective gear prepare for work outside an isolation unit for Ebola victims in Liberia. Photo: Reuters
Health workers in protective gear prepare for work outside an isolation unit for Ebola victims in Liberia. Photo: Reuters

Concern mounts as Ebola death toll reaches 932

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 932, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday, as health workers appealed for urgent help in controlling the virus.

Forty-five new deaths were reported in the three days to Aug. 4, Reuters quoted officials as saying. 

As the toll mounts, WHO said it will ask medical ethics experts to explore the emergency use of experimental treatments to tackle the disease, according to the report.

WHO experts began a two-day crisis meeting in Geneva to discuss whether the epidemic constitutes a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” and to consider steps to help overstretched emergency organizations.

International alarm has grown as a US citizen died in Nigeria last month after flying there from Liberia. Authorities said on Wednesday that a Nigerian nurse who had treated Patrick Sawyer had also died of Ebola, and five other people were being treated in an isolation ward in Lagos.

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