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Ebola death toll passes 5,000

The number of Ebola deaths has passed 5,000, the World Health Organisation says.

Overall 14,098 people are believed to have been infected with Ebola, the vast majority of those in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Of those, 5,160 have died, the UN health agency said.

There are some signs that the rate of new infections may be slowing in Guinea and Liberia, but they are surging in Sierra Leone, it said. In addition there are still areas of Liberia and Guinea where transmission remains high.

The agency has said even these unprecedented tolls are likely an underestimate because many sick people have been too afraid or unable to seek care.

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