HUFFINGTON POST
10/31/2014 02:11 pm ET Updated Oct 31, 2014

Ebola Death Toll Rises

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GENEVA, Oct 31 (Reuters) - The Ebola epidemic has killed 4,951 people out of 13,567 infected in eight countries, the World Health Organization said on Friday, slightly revising downwards its figures for cases mainly due to "suspected cases in Guinea being discarded."

The toll reflects a rise of 31 deaths since the United Nations agency reported its previous figures on Wednesday, while the number of overall cases fell by 136.

All 83 contacts of a health care worker in Spain infected with Ebola have completed a first 21-day period of virus incubation, but a second 21-day period must follow before the country can be declared free of the disease, the WHO said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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