According to the World Health Organization, there have now been 932 deaths from Ebola, with 1,700 cases on record. The WHO reports 363 deaths in Guinea, 282 in Liberia, 286 in Sierra Leone and one in Nigeria. In a statement released on Wednesday, the WHO reported that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa has risen by 108 from Aug. 2-4, with 45 more people dying in the same period.
They included a man in Saudi Arabia who was suspected to have Ebola and died Wednesday morning when his heart stopped and attempts to resuscitate him failed, the Saudi Ministry of Health said. And they included a nurse in Nigeria who died from Ebola, while five other hospital workers have been confirmed as infected with the virus, the country's Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said, escalating the epidemiological toll from a single airline passenger.
Meanwhile, the second American infected with Ebola (missionary Nancy Writebol) returned to the U.S. on Tuesday morning. She is receiving treatment in isolation in Atlanta and is showing signs of recovery. "A week ago we were thinking about making funeral arrangements for Nancy," husband David Writebol said in a statement read at a news conference. "Now we have a real reason to be hopeful."
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Sierra Leone has deployed hundreds of troops and police officers to ensure that patients and potentially infected family members remain isolated.