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How many people have died from ebola?

The number of Ebola cases so far

this year: 9,936. How many

people have been killed by Ebola:

4,877. These are the official

figures put out by the World

Health Organization, widely

regarded as the authority on the

Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Those statistics have been widely

circulated, reported, tweeted and

retweeted, but the number of

deaths related to Ebola is based

largely on speculation, not

concrete evidence, according to a

spokesman for WHO.

“We don’t really know how many

deaths there have been, because

there are a lot of people who

have died alone … or out in the

bush,” WHO spokesman Dan

Epstein said. Those deaths go

unreported, Epstein noted, so the

agency uses statistical models to

account for what they estimate is

the number of unreported

cases. Health workers on the

ground in Guinea, Liberia and

Sierra Leone often rely on

anecdotal evidence to estimate

the number of Ebola deaths in a

particular village or town. During

field studies, locals might tell

disease trackers that their village

has had 20 deaths from Ebola,

but “no one is verifying it,”

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NIGERIA RECORD IS KEPT BY THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH. THEY CAN TELL ACCURATELY.

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