The Ebola death count has risen to more than 4,000 people, the World Health Organization announced Friday, showcasing the degree to which health officials have struggled to catch up with the virus.

There were 8,399 cases of Ebola through Oct. 8, WHO said, including 4,033 deaths.

The organization said that 2,316 people died in Liberia, 930 in Sierra Leone, 778 in Guinea, eight in Nigeria and one in the United States.

U.S. officials have been calling for a swifter international response to the deadly disease, with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden calling the virus the most pressing global health threat since AIDS.

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