WHO Reports 163 New Ebola Cases And 61 New Deaths

Source: Kim Painter / USA Today

A second American health worker infected with Ebola was likely to arrive for treatment in Atlanta on Tuesday. Health officials reported more deaths and cases worldwide, and more details surfaced on an experimental treatment.

The toll from the Ebola virus outbreak spreading in West Africa has risen to 1,603 cases and 887 deaths, the World Health Organization said in an update Monday.

The week ending Aug. 1 saw 163 new cases and 61 deaths, the health agency said.

The newest numbers mean the overall death rate stands at 55%. Some previous Ebola outbreaks have had death rates up to 90%, and medical experts have speculated that faster, improved medical care may play a role.

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