Ebola virus in West Africa: Death toll hits 337

Ebola Death Toll in West Africa Reaches 337

Ebola Death Toll in West Africa Reaches 337

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June 18 2014 6:58 PM

Ebola Death Toll in West Africa Reaches 337

Doctors without Borders staff at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, Guinea in April.

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337 people have died from the outbreak of the Ebola virus in three West African countries since February, said the UN World Heath Organization on Wednesday. In the three countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—47 new cases and 14 deaths were reported in the last week.

WHO's spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told Reuters the disease's multiple locations, and regular cross-border movement by the region's residents, make the current situation "one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks ever." Per the BBC, this is the first time ever that the disease has struck multiple locations in three countries.

Earlier this year, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that the outbreak is being caused by a new strain of the disease. Ebola has no vaccine or cure.

Irene Chidinma Nwoye is a writer and former Slate intern in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.