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Ebola Death Toll Hits 4,960, WHO Says

Update Date: Nov 08, 2014 08:13 PM EST

13,268 people had been infected with Ebola across eight countries and 4,960 of them had died, said the World Health Organization on Friday. 

On Wednesday, the organization had reported 13,042 cases and 4,818 deaths. 

The agency also acknowledged that the number of deaths are likely far higher, since the fatality rate in the current outbreak is known to be around 70 percent. 

According to WHO, the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever has hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone the hardest. 

Nigeria and Senegal have been declared Ebola free. Nigeria had eight deaths in 20 cases, while Senegal had one case and no deaths. 

 WHO said Friday that a total of 549 healthcare workers were known to have contracted the virus, and 311 of them had died, according to press release.

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