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Ebola death toll rises to 961, WHO says

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Workers from UNICEF and partners speak with families about how they can best protect themselves from the Ebola virus disease, at the Marche Niger, a market in Conakry, Guinea, courtesy of this UNICEF handout photograph taken March 31, 2014. REUTERS/éUNICEF/La Rose/Handout via Reuters

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa stood at 961 people as of Aug 6, with 29 deaths reported on Aug 5-6, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

There were 68 new cases, bringing the total to 1,779. Four of the new cases were in Nigeria, the most recent country to be affected, and there were no new cases in Guinea, where the outbreak began. Four people died in Guinea, one in Nigeria, 12 in Sierra Leone and 12 in Liberia.