Worst-ever Ebola outbreak, by the numbers

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Number of countries with cases: 5 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal)

Number of cases as of Sept. 16: 4,985

Number of deaths as of Sept. 16: 2,461

Number of new cases, Sept. 7-12: 394

Number of deaths, Sept. 7-12: 174

Of the 4,985 cases (confirmed, probable or suspected) as of Sept. 16, half — 50 per cent — had been reported in the previous 21 days, a clear indication the disease had been spreading rapidly, the UN said.

The disease is spreading most rapidly in Liberia, “driven by a surge of cases in the capital, Monrovia,” the WHO says.

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