The number of Ebola cases is increasing much more rapidly than the World Health Organization (WHO) had projected, especially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, collectively the West African epicenter of the outbreak. Villagers are complicating containment efforts with police reporting health-care workers in Sierra Leone coming under attack while trying to bury victims.
- Total Case Count: 5347
- Total Deaths: 2630
- CDC and World Health Organization updates (Sept. 18, 2014)
United Nations officials say now that the outbreak has moved from rural to urban areas, the number of cases is doubling in about three weeks. Ebola is spread person-to-person through bodily fluids.