Feels Like Fall, Ebola Kills at Least 1900 People, Coffee Prices on the Rise


TODAY:  Sunny to a few  lake effect clouds this afternoon.  Fall-feel!  High: 71
TONIGHT:  Clear and chilly.  Low: 54
SATURDAY:  Lots of sunshine.  Warmer.  High: 79
SUNDAY:  Showers and storms first half of the day.  Mostly cloudy.  High: 78

 The World Health Organization (WHO) says the magnitude of the Ebola crisis in west Africa is "vastly" underestimated. This comes as the death toll from the virus has passed 1,000. Ebola has infected at least 1,900 people in Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began this year. Half of the victims have died. The WHO says the outbreak is "expected to continue for some time," largely because of unreported cases and deaths. Officials with the United Nations health agency say they cannot estimate how many infections were never reported to doctors. The Ebola virus causes viral hemorrhagic fever and affects multiple organ systems in the body. It is spread through contact with bodily fluids.

More bad news for coffee drinkers. Keurig Green Mountain said Thursday it plans to hike prices by 9 percent for the K-Cup packets used in its signature brewing system. The company also plans to raise prices of bulk coffee and other products beginning in November. Keurig said the decision is in "direct response" to the higher cost of coffee, which includes a nearly 55 percent rise in "green coffee prices." The company said it buys much of its coffee from organic and free trade producers.


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 Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager