PH peacekeeper negative; World toll tops 5,177

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PH peacekeeper negative; World toll tops 5,177

The Filipino peacekeeper who fell ill after returning from Ebola-hit Liberia has tested negative for the Ebola virus, the Department of Health announced on Saturday, November 15. “The Philippines is still Ebola-free….But we’re sad to say that he tested positive for malaria,” Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin said in a news conference.

As the Philippines remains Ebola-free, the death toll of the current outbreak has topped 5,177, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. WHO has acknowledged though that the number of deaths is likely far higher, given that the fatality rate in the current outbreak is known to be around 70%.

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