West Africa ebola outbreak death toll rises past 300


Mashable has the latest update on the ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has now become the “worst outbreak in history”:

The deadly Ebola virus — for which there is no cure or vaccine — has killed more than 300 people in west Africa since March. It’s now the worst outbreak in history, with Doctors Without Borders calling it an “unprecedented” epidemic that is now “out of control.”

The current Ebola outbreak started in Guinea; it quickly spread throughout the country, and then to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak doesn’t seem to be slowing down, despite the intervention of international health authorities, including the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“This is worse than expected,” Robert Garry, a Tulane University virologist currently in Sierra Leone, told NBC News. “I am fearful that it could get much worse.”

The chart, below, shows the total number of reported cases this year, the number of deaths and the “case fatality ratio” — the proportion of deaths within the total number of infections — for each country where there have been reported cases of Ebola, according to WHO data as of June 24 .

The below graphic has more data:

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