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Ebola Death Toll Surpasses 330 in West Africa

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FILE - Health care workers from Medecins Sans Frontieres prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola, hemorrhagic fever operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea.

FILE - Health care workers from Medecins Sans Frontieres prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola, hemorrhagic fever operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea.

The World Health Organization says Ebola is still spreading in West Africa, where the death toll from the virus has climbed to more than 330.

The WHO says local authorities have reported five new deaths in Guinea, four new deaths in Sierra Leone and five new deaths in Liberia during the past week.

All of the deaths and more than 30 other suspected cases are centered in the region where the three countries' borders come together.

Ebola has continued to spread, despite efforts by international and local health officials to stop transmission of the virus.

Health officials have moved to isolate patients and are warning people to avoid direct contact with any person infected by the virus, whether alive or dead.

According to WHO statistics, Ebola has killed 264 people in Guinea, where the outbreak began in February. The U.N. agency reports another 49 deaths in Sierra Leone and 24 in Liberia.

This is West Africa's first major outbreak of the disease.
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