Health officials in West Africa have said that 25 more people have died from Ebola since 3 July when the deadly disease hit the region, bringing the total number of deaths to 518.
The new figure came out just as the World Health Organization (WHO) said 50 new cases of the deadly disease habr also been reported.
In a statement on Tuesday, the WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said the latest figures from health ministries in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea showed a total of 844 cases since the epidemic began in February.
The WHO statement added Guinea’s ministry reported two deaths since 3 July but no new cases in the past week, noting that the situation in the affected region of West Africa is a “mixed picture”.
It said Sierra Leone had accounted for 34 of the new cases and 14 deaths, while Liberia reported 16 new cases and 9 deaths.
“These numbers indicate that active viral transmission continues in the community,” the statement said adding “If we don’t stop the transmission in the several hotspots in the three countries we will not be able to say that we control the outbreak,” she said.