An infection with the Ebola infection that has infected thousands of people across the world has claimed more than 100 lives in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
A doctor from Guinea’s capital Monrovia said the number of people confirmed to have the virus was nearly 400, with the death toll expected to rise.
In Liberia, more than 6,000 people are still being tested for the virus, with a record number of tests coming back negative, Liberia’s health ministry said.
A hospital in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, said there were 3,000 confirmed cases.
In Guinea, the number was more than 17,000, and in Sierra Guinea, more that 11,000.
The virus is spread through close contact, usually through sharing contaminated surfaces, such as the skin of an infected person or the water in a contaminated toilet, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.
The World Health Organisation has said it will be sending 2,000 more health workers to Liberia to help deal with the outbreak, and it is sending more health care experts to Guinea to help treat Ebola patients.
It also announced a five-day Ebola quarantine, and an eight-day suspension of imports from Liberia and Sierra Guinea.
The United Nations said on Friday that the United States was sending 5,000 health workers and $5.6 million in aid to the countries in West Africa where the outbreak has already claimed the lives of more than 8,400 people.
In a separate development, Guinea’s top health official said the government was suspending all public gatherings, including sports and concerts, and the closure of some businesses in an effort to stop people spreading the virus.
The suspension was imposed by the head of the country’s national health authority, said the AFP news agency.
The government, however, is refusing to shut down the countrys major airports, which are only open during peak times, AFP news said.
The move was taken after some people were found to be carrying the Ebola-specific Ebola virus in bags.
There was no immediate comment from the Liberian government.
Liberia has been the focus of international attention as the first country to declare a state of emergency over the outbreak.
A total of 3,964 people have died from the virus in the country, more then all the countries combined.
Liberia has been hit particularly hard with more than half of the infected dying.
More than 1,800 of the deaths are in Guinea, where more than 4,000 are in isolation.
The country has been plagued by the virus since its outbreak began in March, with many people infected with the virus being sent to the capital Monza.