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  • 7 August 2014, 0:13

Ebola Outbreak: 45 Deaths In Three Days

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.

In Wales, a resident has decided to stay home in quarantine and is being monitored by health officials following possible exposure to ebola while visiting western Africa.

Public Health Wales confirmed a Cardiff resident is currently staying away from work and limiting contact with other people voluntarily.

"The individual does not have the symptoms of ebola and there are no cases of ebola in Wales," a spokeswoman said.

"We are in daily contact with the individual to monitor their condition."

She added the person had not been tested for the virus because it can only be detected once symptoms develop.

A spokesman for Public Health England told Sky News testing for ebola is not unusual so therefore the organisation does not release figures for tests.

He said they were part of routine checks for the virus and others, including Malaria, when patients who return from West Africa complain of a fever.

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