• Authorities try to prevent panic as Ebola toll passes 4,000

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    MADRID: Authorities worldwide try to prevent panic as the death toll from Ebola passes 4,000 and a Madrid nurse fights for her life Saturday.

    The World Health Organization said 4,033 people have died from Ebola as of October 8 out of a total of 8,399 registered cases in seven countries. The sharp rise in deaths came as the UN said aid pledges to fight the outbreak have fallen well short of the $1 billion (800 million euros) needed.

    Beyond west Africa, where almost all the deaths have occurred, fears grew about the worst-ever Ebola epidemic.

    The Canadian government advised its citizens Friday to leave the West African countries hardest hit by Ebola, while taking measures at its own borders to screen for potentially exposed travelers.

    The US and Britain also boosted screening at major airports.

    AFP

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