Geneva, December 30: According to the World Health Organization, death toll from the Ebola outbreak in west Africa has risen to 7,842 out of 20,081 cases recorded.
Almost all the deaths and cases have been recorded in three west African countries worst-hit by the outbreak Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Those apart, six have died in Mali, one in the United States and eight in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola-free in October. Spain and Senegal, which have both been declared free of Ebola, meanwhile counted one case each, but no deaths.
The WHO said, Sierra Leone, which has overtaken Liberia as the country with the most infections, counted 9,409 cases and 2,732 deaths on December 27.
Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, is spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person showing symptoms such as fever or vomiting. People caring for the sick or handling the bodies of people infected Ebola are especially exposed.