Ebola death toll rises to 1,229, WHO says

Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-19 09:37:12-04

(CNN) – The number of deaths from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has climbed to 1,229, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

The death toll increased between August 14 and 16, as 113 new cases were reported, raising the total number of cases this year to 2,240, the world health body said.

The information came from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone — the four West African countries hit by the deadly virus.

The WHO on Monday called on the affected countries to carry out exit screenings of travelers at international airports, seaports and major land crossings.

But it said it doesn’t currently recommend travel restrictions and active screening of passengers on arrival in countries that don’t have borders with the affected countries.