Death rate for Ebola at 70 percent

The death rate from the Ebola virus may be considerably higher than previously thought, according to a new estimate from the World Health Organization (WHO). The international agency now believes that as many as 70 percent of the people who contract the virus don't survive. The previous estimate had been closer to 50 percent.

The current Ebola outbreak has so far claimed about 2,800 lives. Despite containment and humanitarian efforts now underway, a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine warns that there may be as many as 20,000 Ebola cases by November.

Those numbers, however, do not account for the help already being sent, so they may turn out to be lower. Health officials also say that experimental drugs that have been shown to be effective against Ebola in trials may start be tested in West Africa by November. That includes the drug ZMapp, which has been given to a handful of infected health workers.

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Sourced from: BBC Health , Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study