The death toll from the Ebola virus has surpassed the 5,000 mark, according to the latest data by the World Health Organization.
According to Asia One WHO revealed that the deaths are now at 5,177 and a total of 14,413 cases since December 2013.
Countries like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the nations still most affected.
In Liberia, there have been 2,812 deaths out of the 6,878 cases.
In Sierra Leone there have been 1,187 deaths out of 5,586 cases.
In Guinea, there are 1,166 deaths and 1,919 cases.
There were also cases in Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and United States.
WHO also noted that 570 healthcare workers were known to have contracted the virus while caring for the sick and 324 of them died.
The 10 th person from the United States being treated with Ebola has been flown back in the country and reports say he is “very ill.” The surgeon is from Maryland and will be transferred this Saturday to Nebraska Medical Center.
Martin Salia, 44 has caught the disease while in Sierra Leone.
Salia lives in Sierra Leone but is a U.S.
resident who works at a hospital in the West African country, report says.
There have been five other physicians in Sierra Leone who contracted the disease but have died.
The reports said although the hospital where Salia is working is not treating Ebola patients, he was working in other hospitals.
Ebola causes high fever and internal bleeding.
The disease, which has a 21-day incubation period, spreads via bodily fluids and the bodies of its victims can be contagious.
There is no known cure for the Ebola virus, WHO web site described Ebola as a” severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.
This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.
WHO is looking the latest experimental therapies for testing to combat the disease.