The number of people who have been infected with Ebola has surpassed 10,000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Of those, WHO has said that about half of them have died from the deadly virus that has a 50 percent death rate.
It is the largest outbreak ever of the virus, which has sprung up a number of times over the years.
The Ebola epidemic, which began in March, is spreading mostly in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. WHO, which is monitoring the disease globally, said that the first cases of Ebola have also appeared in the country of Mali, which didn’t previously have any cases.
A handful of Ebola cases have sprung up in the United States, and one case in Spain as the outbreak continues to spread. The total number of cases is now 10,141. Just in the past four days, there have been 200 more people infected with Ebola.
The health agency has warned that the true number of people infected is probably much higher because many people in West African countries have been too fearful to seek medical care. There have been a number cases where people in West African countries have attacked health care workers when they arrived at remote villages in search of possible Ebola patients. In Liberia, where the virus is raging, the most recent numbers show that there are no new cases, which is likely not accurate.
The announcement about Mali, the most recent West African country to get cases of Ebola, came just after a doctor in New York City tested positive for the virus. He had been working as a volunteer with Doctors without Borders in Guinea, where he contracted Ebola. The doctor’s infection led the states of New York and New Jersey to implement a mandatory quarantine for all health care workers returning from West Africa.
Mali shares a border with Guinea, and has long been considered a high-risk country. The first case there came with a 2-year-old girl who traveled across the border by bus with her grandmother and died after arriving. She exposed at least 43 people to the virus during the trip.
Ebola is spread only through direct contact with people who are infected and showing symptoms, such as a fever and vomiting. It can also be spread through other bodily fluids. The U.S. has promised to send 3,000 troops to help with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.