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WHO: More than 8,000 people have been infected in current Ebola outbreak

In a statement released Wednesday, the World Health Organization stressed that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa's current outbreak is likely being underreported.

The WHO released new figures stating that more than 8,000 people in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have been infected with Ebola. That includes 2,799 new cases in the past three weeks alone. Of the 8,033 reported infections, 3,879 people have died. "The situation in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone continues to deteriorate, with widespread and persistent transmission" of the disease, the WHO said in a statement.

Liberia's number of Ebola cases is likely even greater than the number that has been reported, the WHO noted, citing the difficulty of gathering data in Liberia.