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Things you need to know about Ebola epidemic By: Chioma Umeha T he World Health Organization reports more than 2,106 have the disease and at least 1,848 people have died. As a deadly Ebola epidemic spreads across western Africa, world leaders are scrambling to find solutions. Here's what you need to know about the disease and the havoc it is wreaking: The Ebola epidemic has been growing in western Africa since last year. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. WHO began reporting on the epidemic in March, and initial estimates indicated the outbreak began in early this year. However, subsequent investigation traced the likely origins of the epidemic back even further, to a 2-year-old child who died in Guinea on December 2013. Investigators believe a health care worker then became infected and carried the disease to other parts of the country. By late March, 49 people had been diagnosed, 29 of whom died