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Ebola cases could reach 20 000: UN

Geneva - The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than 6 times as many as now.

A new study by the U.N. health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported.

A public information board explains the symptoms of Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Picture: Youssouf Bah. Credit: Associated Press

The agency on Thursday published new figures saying that 1,552 people have now died from the Ebola virus from among 3,069 cases reported so far.

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