Medical experts prepare to discuss experimental treatment for ebola amid a surge in deaths from the virus.
12:07am UK, Thursday 07 August 2014
The number of people killed in the West African ebola outbreak has reached 932 after 45 deaths in three days.
Latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed the number of suspected cases rose by 108 in the same period, between August 2 and 4.
Most of the new cases were in Liberia.
The surge in deaths came as WHO prepared to convene a panel of medical ethics experts to explore the use of experimental treatment for ebola.
WHO Assistant Director-General Marie-Paule Kieny said in a statement. “We need to ask the medical ethicists to give us guidance on what the responsible thing to do is.”
More than 1,700 people have now been infected – or are suspected of being infected – since the tropical virus broke out earlier this year.
Among the most recent casualties is a Saudi Arabian who died of a heart attack in Jeddah on Wednesday.
He had travelled to Sierra Leone on business and had symptoms similar to those found in people suffering from ebola.
Meanwhile, a Spanish priest, who contracted the virus while working as a chaplain at a hospital in Monrovia, is being flown to Madrid for treatment.
He is one of three missionaries quarantined at San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Liberia who have tested positive.
Five more ebola cases have been confirmed in Nigeria – bringing the total number to seven in its biggest city, Lagos.
The new patients are being treated in an isolation ward.
Two of the seven victims have died – one a patient who arrived from Liberia, and the other the nurse who treated him.