5,177 people have died from Ebola since late December 2013, according to the World Health Organisation. 

WHO reports a total of 14,413 cases of infection across eight countries, however the UN health agency acknowledge this number is likely to be far higher, given that the fatality rate in the current outbreak is known to be around 70%.

The countries worst affected by the virus are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Ebola appears to be slowing in the capital of Liberia, allowing the hardest-hit country to lift its state of emergency.

In its latest toll, WHO said that as of 10 November, 2,812 people had died in Liberia, out of 6,878 cases.

That marked fewer than the 2,836 deaths reported as of  9 November, and WHO explained that the discrepancy was due to a "reclassification" of some deaths, which turned out not to be due to Ebola.

In Sierra Leone, 1,187 people have died as of 11 November out of 5,586 cases, WHO said.

Guinea, where the outbreak began late last year, counted 1,166 deaths and 1,919 cases, also as of 11 November.

Data from Mali, the latest country to be hit by Ebola, showed four cases of the deadly virus and three deaths, as of 13 November.

Yesterday WHO put the death toll at four, but the agency said one of the deaths had been reclassified.

Data from Nigeria and Senegal remained unchanged, and both countries have been declared Ebola free.

Nigeria had eight deaths and 20 cases, while Senegal had one case and no deaths.

There has been one case of infection in Spain, where an infected nurse has recovered.

In the United States, four Ebola cases have been recorded and one person -- a Liberian -- had died from the virus.

Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, is spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person showing symptoms such as fever or vomiting.

People caring for the sick or handling the bodies of people infected Ebola are therefore especially exposed.

Yesterday WHO said that a total of 570 healthcare workers were known to have contracted the virus, and 324 of them had died.

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