The Ebola outbreak is spreading fast, and there’s a growing body of evidence that it’s spreading more quickly than anticipated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the number of deaths from the virus jumped to 1,813 as of Friday morning.
The U.S. death toll from the epidemic surpassed the number from the Great Lakes and the Caribbean islands in the same period.
The number of confirmed deaths has now topped 1,200, surpassing the total for the outbreak from the flu, which peaked at 1,033.
The deaths have been rising since early April, but they’re still far below the 3,908 deaths in the first six months of the outbreak.
The number of people confirmed to have contracted the virus in the U. S. jumped from 903 in the fourth quarter of last year to 1.6 million in the fifth quarter of this year, according to the latest CDC tally.
That number represents a 20 percent increase in the number confirmed in just five months.
The new data is another indicator of the rapid spread of the virus and its deadly consequences.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 40 million people are infected in the outbreak and that more people are dying from the disease than in all the flu seasons since 1918.CDC officials say the number in the United States is likely to be much higher because of the high death toll in the virus’ outbreak.
The agency said Friday the total number of infections, including deaths, for the entire country is now over 9 million.
In addition to the increased death toll, the virus has also led to the rapid increase in people who are now dying from other causes.
Experts are tracking a spike in the numbers of cases of the rare liver disease cirrhosis and gallbladder cancer.
The disease, which is often fatal, is a common complication of the Ebola virus.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Health Protection has urged Americans to limit the time they go outside and to stay indoors.
The CDC also warned against wearing loose clothing, wearing masks, wearing sunglasses or using long sleeves when outside.