Death toll in Ebola outbreak passes 5,000

Posted at 6:00 AM, Nov 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-13 06:00:36-05

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 5,000 women, men and children have died from Ebola as the outbreak in West African continues to rage, according to the World Health Organization.

The U.N. health agency said Wednesday that 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.

There are some signs that the rate of new infections may be slowing in Guinea and Liberia, but they are surging in Sierra Leone, the agency said. In addition, WHO said 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.