US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola-hit West Africa

US President Barack Obama is set to commit 3,000 military troops to go to West Africa as part of a major new effort to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

The initiative is expected to see 17 new treatment facilities built in the region and a command centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

The World Health Organisation announced that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has now risen to at least 2,296 out of 4,293 cases.

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Obama: Chance of Ebola outbreak in US 'extremely low'

President Obama has said US government experts think there is an "extremely low" chance of an outbreak of Ebola in America.

Speaking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mr Obama said: "I want the American people to know that our experts here at the CDC and across our government agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low."

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Obama: The world is looking to US for Ebola help

President Obama has said the world is looking towards his government to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

Speaking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, he said: "The world is looking to us, the United States, and it's a responsibility we embrace."

"We're prepared to take leadership on this, to provide the capabilities that only America has and to mobilise the world in ways only America can do."

President Obama said the world was looking to the US to help with the Ebola virus. Credit: RTV

No 'red flags' since start of Ebola vaccine trial

A safety trial of an experimental vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus has been tested on 10 volunteers without any "red flags" indicating a negative reaction so far.

Another 10 volunteers will be injected in the coming days as part of the trial, which is taking place in the state of Maryland.

Researchers will determine not only whether the vaccine causes adverse reactions but also whether it triggers the production of antibodies against the deadly virus, which has claimed the lives of over 2,200 people in West Africa.

Unicef appeals for $200m to fight Ebola outbreak

UN aid agency Unicef has launched an appeal to raise $200m to fight the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

It is part of a broader appeal from governments and other humanitarian groups for almost $1 billion to fight the disease.

Unicef, which is responsible for the welfare of children in emergency situations, estimates that 8.5 million children and people under the age of 20 live in affected areas in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia

Afshan Khan, Unicef's Director of Emergency Programmes, said: “It is closing schools, destroying health systems and threatening the very fabric of communities. This is a crisis of enormous proportions.”

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Ebola outbreak 'requires billion-dollar response'

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The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa requires a $1 billion response to keep its spread within the "tens of thousands" of cases, a United Nations officials has said.

"The amount for which we requested was about $100 million a month ago and now it is $1 billion, so our ask has gone up 10 times in a month"

– Dr. David Nabarro, senior U.N. coordinator for Ebola.

In numbers: US effort to get a grip on Ebola crisis

The US is set to unveil a major new initiative to slow down the progress of Ebola in West Africa.

While a US general will coordinate the effort, everything will be planned in sync with international aid agencies and local governments.

  • 3,000 military personnel to assist with building and training
  • $500 million (£308 million) committed
  • As many as 500 new health workers to be trained
  • 17 treatment centres to be built with 100 beds apiece
  • 10,000 sets of personal protective equipment
  • 50,000 home health care kits
  • 5,000 body bags
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