Ebola virus death toll tops 5,177 - WHO
Death toll of the Ebola virus outbreak stands at 5,177 and 14,413 people are infected, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a report released on Friday.
West Africa is the hardest hit by the deadly virus, with 2,812 deaths recorded in Liberia, 1,187 in Sierra Leone and 1,166 in Guinea.
The Ebola virus can be transmitted from person to person through a direct contact (through injured skin or mucous membranes) or with objects contaminated with the virus.
The Ebola virus disease, previously known as the Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe illness in humans, often fatal, according to the WHO.