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Liberia officials face sack for fleeing country over Ebola

The President of Liberia has threatened officials with dismissal if they do not show up for work, as reports suggest many have fled the country for fear of contracting Ebola.

President Ellen Johnson warned those of ministerial rank would be dismissed, while more junior civil servants would have their salaries suspended.

President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson, has threatened officials with dismissal if they do not show up for work
President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson, has threatened officials with dismissal if they do not show up for work Credit: PA

It comes as health officials revealed more than 200 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola have been reported in Liberia over the past three days.

Most of the new cases have occurred in the coastal capital city Monrovia, where two neighbourhoods have been quarantined.

Death toll in Congo Ebola outbreak reaches 13

A total of 13 people, including five health workers, have now died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a report by the UN.

The government has said it will be quarantining the area around the town of Djera, in the northwestern jungle province of Equateur, where a high number of suspected cases has been reported.

The country's Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi has said the virus is a different strain of Ebola to the one currently ravaging West Africa, but further tests have been ordered.

Read: Fears Ebola has 'spread to Congo after 10 people die'

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British Ebola victim spends third night in isolation

Britain's first Ebola victim is being treated with experimental drugs by doctors who are helping him combat the deadly virus.

William Pooley is spending his third night in a special isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

ITV News Correspondent Lewis Vaughn Jones reports:

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Doctors 'happy' with British Ebola victim

The hospital in north London that is treating a British Ebola sufferer has said that they are "pleased" with how he is responding to an experimental treatment.

They said William Pooley is "sitting up and talking to the nurses and doctors who are looking after him".

Staff said he was given the first dose of ZMapp on Monday and further doses are expected to be given to him "in due course".

Dr Mike Jacobs, consultant and clinical lead in infectious diseases at the hospital said, "We are giving him the very best care possible. However, the next few days will be crucial. The disease has a variable course and we will know much more in a week's time.

"Will is in a stable position and we are very pleased with where he is, we couldn't hope for more."

Watch: Hunt 'proud of what the NHS can offer to a brave man'

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E-cigarettes contain 'cancer causing substances'

E-cigarettes contain "a few cancer causing substances" and there is not enough evidence that they help smokers to quit, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) manager who is calling for their regulation.

Dr Armando Peruga, Programme Manager of WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative said nicotine is "a key component of electronic cigarettes and affects the brain development of adolescents and foetuses of pregnant women."

He added: "Electronic cigarettes contain nicotine and other chemicals and usually a few cancer causing substances although a much lower level than a conventional cigarette, it doesn't mean that there not without risk."

British Ebola sufferer treated with experimental drug

William Pooley, a British man who has contracted the Ebola virus.
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William Pooley, a British man who has contracted the Ebola virus, has been treated with experimental drug ZMapp, staff treating him at the Royal Free Hospital in north London said.

Mr Pooley, Britain's first confirmed Ebola sufferer, is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

Dr Michael Jacobs, consultant and clinical lead in infectious diseases at the hospital, said: "We have had the opportunity to give him the ZMapp treatment that I am sure you are aware of.

"It is an experimental medicine, we made that absolutely clear in our discussions with him."

ZMapp has been dubbed by some as the "cure" after two aid US workers were successfully treated for Ebola after taking it.

Dr Jacobs added: "What has become apparent to us is that he is clearly a rather resilient and remarkable young man."

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