GENEVA (Reuters) - The toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 6,388 deaths out of 17,942 cases as of Dec. 7, its spread fueled principally by new infections in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Sierra Leone, a former British colony, reported 397 new confirmed cases in the week to Dec. 7, three times the combined total in the other two centers of the disease, Guinea and Liberia, the U.N. health agency said in its latest update.




(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Kevin Liffey)