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A worried world watches as Ebola death toll rises; Liberia declares emergency

By Holly Yan and Josh Levs
updated 10:15 PM EDT, Wed August 6, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • More than 900 people have died in West Africa because of the outbreak
  • American Nancy Writebol's family ''encouraged by her condition''
  • President Obama says U.S. concentrating on public health approach
  • Spanish priest who contracted the disease in Liberia will be flown to Madrid

(CNN) -- A nurse in Nigeria. A businessman in Saudi Arabia. A Spanish priest in Liberia.

With the World Health Organization announcing Wednesday that 932 deaths had been reported or confirmed as a result of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Saudi Arabia joined the list of countries with suspected cases.

"This is the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said.

Nearly all of those deaths have been in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where more than 1,700 cases have been reported, according to WHO. The agency said 108 new cases were reported between Saturday and Monday in those countries and Nigeria.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared a state of emergency for 90 days because of the deadly outbreak, her office announced Wednesday.

Health workers bury the body of a woman who is suspected of having died of the Ebola virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, on Monday, October 20. Health officials say the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever. More than 4,000 people have died there, according to the World Health Organization. Health workers bury the body of a woman who is suspected of having died of the Ebola virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, on Monday, October 20. Health officials say the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever. More than 4,000 people have died there, according to the World Health Organization.
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