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DEC: Ebola outbreak 'much more' than a medical issue

The Ebola outbreak gripping West Africa has become "much more" than a medical issue, as aid charities are called on to help plug the gap left by collapsing government services, a charity spokesman has warned.

Brendan Paddy from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) told Good Morning Britain: "We're used to seeing this as a medical problem, and I think what we've released increasingly is that it's much more serious than that."

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President Obama: Ebola will be defeated

President Barack Obama has said that Ebola "will be defeated" but added that the world had to "stay vigilant" and be led by scientific knowledge rather than fear.

He emphasised that only two people had contracted the disease on US soil, and that both have now recovered.

He said US volunteers who go to West Africa should be "applauded, thanked and supported".

President Obama thanks US workers on Ebola 'frontline'

US President Barack Obama has paid tribute to the Americans working to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, noting that their work is "starting to have an impact".

President Obama delivers a statement

He said he had spoken to some of the workers at the forefront of the effort who reported "some progress in Liberia".

"We don't want to discourage our healthcare workers from going to the frontline," he said, adding that the US "needs to provide support" for them when they return.

He said that Americans are "doing God's work over there" and that they must be "applauded".

Australia issues travel ban from Ebola-hit countries

Australia has issued a blanket ban on travellers from the west African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament that non-permanent visas from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberai were being cancelled.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Credit: Reuters

Those holding permanent visas who are returning to Australia will have to submit to a 21-day quarantine period.

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