Death toll rises in Africa Ebola outbreak

BY Sam Lane  April 4, 2014 at 6:24 PM EST

String-like ebola virus particles shed from an infected cell in this electron micrograph. Credit: NIAID

String-like ebola virus particles shed from an infected cell in this electron micrograph. Credit: NIAID

The deadly Ebola outbreak in Western Africa has now killed more than 80 people, according to the World Health Organization.

The WHO said the deaths are among 137 total cases of the disease strain, which originated in southeastern Guinea two months ago. The outbreak has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Now, according to New Zealand’s Otago Daily News, officials in Mali have identified possible Ebola cases.

Despite the rising death toll, the WHO did report the Thursday release of two patients who had been in isolation. The patients were symptom-free for three days.

The Ebola virus kills nine out of 10 people with severe bleeding. No specific treatment exists.

“The human body will fight Ebola virus, and the clinical care we provide to patients helps to give more time to the body to win that fight,” Doctors Without Borders clinician Tim Jagatic said.