Dec 2, 2014 5:22 AM

WHO revises down Liberia Ebola death toll to 3,145

The Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) The World Health Organization has sharply revised down its tally of Ebola deaths in Liberia, after a jump of more than 1,000 in the death toll there.

The U.N. health agency said late Monday that 3,145 people in Liberia had died from the disease, which is also hitting neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone hard. Figures published Friday put the death toll at 4,181, a jump of more than 1,000 deaths from two days earlier.

Spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said Tuesday that the Friday toll mistakenly included non-Ebola deaths.

The agency has said data from the outbreak has been difficult to get and there have been big swings in the numbers, as cases are reclassified or backlogs cleared.

The latest data show 5,987 people have died in the three worst affected countries.


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