Ebola virus claims 3,439 lives

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The world’s worst Ebola virus outbreak has claimed the lives of 3,439 people, the World Health Organisation reported on Saturday.

‘’There had been 739 deaths in Guinea, 623 deaths in Sierra Leone and 2,069 deaths in Liberia, by the end of September, the report revealed,

There have also been eight deaths in Nigeria.

Overall, there had been 7,492 cases recorded, including one in the United States as the first occurence of the deadly virus, outside of Africa.

The unprecedented Ebola outbreak has stormed across West Africa since March, with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea being the hardest-hit countries.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), known as Ebola, is a viral disease of humans and other primates, and is transmitted by contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected specimen.

The disease typically occurs in tropical regions of sub-Saharan Africa.

The first identified case of Ebola was in 1976, in Yambuku, Congo and claimed the lives of  500 people, mainly in Sudan and Congo.