Mexico is facing a new epidemic, with the country’s death toll at more than 8,300, according to the latest data released by the countrys Ministry of Health and Social Protection.
The latest data comes from the Mexico Health Ministry’s official death count, which covers all Mexican citizens over the age of 18 who have died from Ebola since the virus was first reported in Guinea in March.
That is an alarming number, as more than half of the deaths reported are from the disease in the first seven days of the outbreak.
The Ministry of health and social protection reported that 7,919 people have died of Ebola in the country since March, while a total of 7,800 people have been infected.
More than 9,600 people are being treated in hospitals in the capital, Mexico City, and the rest in remote areas.
While the ministry reported that the number of cases in the city has decreased from the previous month, it did not provide additional information on the number who are currently in treatment.
The ministry reported this week that there are more than 1,500 people still being treated at the México City of Méxica Medical Center, and that a further 1,800 patients have been admitted to hospitals in other parts of the country.
The countrys Health Minister, Alejandro Mancos, said in a statement on Wednesday that the death toll from the Ebola virus had risen to 6,569, adding that this number included those who have been declared Ebola-free.
Mancs announcement comes as the US and others in the region are struggling to contain the outbreak and fight it as it spreads.
Mexico is also experiencing a surge in cases, and this is partly due to a sharp rise in the number and severity of the outbreaks, with authorities declaring over 1,400 new cases in March alone, according the latest figures.
Máximo de la Calle, a doctor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, told the Associated Press that the epidemic has now reached a “tipping point” with more than 60 percent of the cases occurring in the southern state of Chiapas.
Chiapans Chief Health Officer Juan Carlos López-Canete told the AP that the new cases have become “so severe” that he and his colleagues are worried that the country could become the “fault city” of the region.
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In recent weeks, a number of countries in the Americas, including Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia, have seen outbreaks of the virus.
Mexico has seen a surge as well, with more people dying from the infection than in any other country, with deaths reaching over 17,000 this week alone.
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The number of new confirmed cases in Mexico increased to 678 on Wednesday, an increase of more than 40 percent from last week, according data from the countryís Health Ministry.
The new figures come after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that over 500,000 people have signed up to receive the National Medical Program (PMP), an initiative launched in March by President Enrique Peña Nieto, which will help those suffering from the virus get the care they need.
The PMP is the government’s primary response to Ebola, which is being treated with a cocktail of medications and other treatments.
In addition to the PMP, Mexico has set up a special health center at the Mexico City airport to house and care for those who may not be able to go home.
In an interview with Reuters, President Peña also announced that the government would be opening up an Ebola-proof subway system to help people escape from the capital city.