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'Unlikely Ebola will be go away in next six months'

Professor Peter Piot helped discover the Ebola virus in 1976. Credit: ITV News

The doctor who helped discovered the deadly Ebola disease has said it is unlikely the epidemic will be over within the next six months.

Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told ITV News the virus has now killed more people than all the previous recorded outbreaks.

He said: "Every day a hundred people are dying. The most affected countries need more doctors and nurses. There is currently about one physician for every 1,000 patients."

Phase one of a drugs trial to test a new Ebola vaccine begins in Britain today.

Professor Piot said: "I hope that the vaccine will work but it will be a few months before we have the results.

"Will the vaccine come in time to stop the current epidemic? We don't know.

"It is unlikely that this epidemic will be over within the next six months but we need to do everything we can."

Figures: Scotland unemployment rate lower than UK

The latest national unemployment figures show that Scotland has a higher employment rate compared to the UK as a whole (73.9% compared to 73.1%) and a lower unemployment rate (6.0% compared to 6.2%).


Cloud formation 'shows England without Scotland'

A Scottish holidaymaker is hoping that a cloud she spotted has not predicted the outcome of the independence referendum.


Photographed in Sardinia in August, the cloud appears to resemble England, Wales and Northern Ireland with Scotland noticeably absent.

Gillian Degnan, 44, who grew up in North Ayrshire, said: "The referendum is the talking point between everyone at the moment and I started to wonder whether it was an omen about how the vote is going to go."

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As she now lives in Nottinghamshire, Gillian won't be able to vote on Thursday, but said if she could, "I would vote No. I think Scotland would be too small on its own."

New Ebola vaccine to be tested today in Britain

The safety trials will be conducted today at Oxford University. Credit: PA

A healthy Briton will today become the first person to receive a potential new vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus.

The volunteer will be one of 60 people given the drug by experts at Oxford University.

If successful, it will be used to treat patients in West Africa where the worst ever outbreak has now killed more than 2,500 people.

The vaccine, developed by the US National Institutes of Health and British drug company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), targets the "Zaire species" of Ebola, which is one of the strains circulating in West Africa.

It is the first time the vaccine, which has previously been successfully tested on primates, has been trialled on humans.

The volunteers will not be infected with the disease but given a single dose of the benign Ebola virus protein to generate an immune response.

The trials are conducted on healthy people to see whether they suffer any side effects.

Unemployment falls by 146,000 to 2.02 million

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen. Credit: PA

Unemployment fell by 146,000 between May and July to 2.02 million, official figures showed today.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month fell by 37,200 to 966,500, said the Office for National Statistics.

Meanwhile, average earnings rose by 0.6 percent in the year to July.


British brothers 'stopped at airport' over Thai murders

Two British men were stopped by police as they attempted to fly back to the UK by Thai police investigating the murders to two British backpackers in Koh Tao, according to reports in Thailand.

The two men, who are reportedly brothers, were said to have been stopped at Suvarnabhumi International airport last night before boarding a London-bound flight.

Thailand’s Deputy Police Chief General Somyot Pumpunmuang was quoted by the Nation newspaper in Bangkok saying that the men were being asked to stay for 48 hours.

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