WHO: Ebola death toll rises to more than 2,700

A total of 2,793 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported 5,762 cases across five countries, but said the Ebola outbreak was "pretty much contained" in Senegal and Nigeria.

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NHS staff volunteer to help tackle Ebola virus outbreak

More than 160 NHS staff have responded to calls for help to tackle the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The virus has killed more than 2,800 people and infected around twice as many in the country so far.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, called on NHS staff to offer their services to help tackle the virus last week.

The Department of Health said 164 NHS staff had volunteered their help so far.


More than 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone lockdown

More than 50 new cases found in Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown Credit: Reuters

At least 56 new cases and 92 bodies have been discovered in Sierra Leone's Ebola lock down.

There is a "very strong possibility" the national curfew will be extended beyond the scheduled finish later today, an emergency official has said.

Sierra Leone is staging a three-day lockdown aimed at stemming the worst Ebola epidemic on record.

NHS staff asked to help over Ebola in Africa

Staff from the NHS are being encouraged to volunteer to help with the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The Department of Health's chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has written to health service staff to point them towards the UK International Emergency Medical Register.

Doctors, nurses and paramedics are among the medical staff who will be needed to help contribute towards efforts to tackle the crisis, she said.

Sierra Leone locked down for three days to battle Ebola

Thousands of health workers were conducting house-to-house visits today across Sierra Leone in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire country was ordered to stay at home for three days.

In an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease, authorities hope to find and isolate Ebola patients who have not gone to health centres, regarded by many only as places to die.

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma said health workers would hand out soap and that once a house had been checked it would be marked with a sticker. "The survival and dignity of each and every Sierra Leonean is at stake ... this is a fight for this land that we love," he said.

Ebola has so far killed more than 2,600 people have died across West Africa.

Meanwhile, six people have been arrested following the murders in Guinea of eight people including health officials and journalists who had been on an Ebola awareness campaign. Just one member of the group escaped the killers.

A football fan sanitises his hands in Abidjan ahead of Sierra Leone's African Nations Cup game against Ivory Coast earlier this month. Both countries have been hit by the Ebola virus. Credit: Luc Gnago/Reuters


UK to step up Ebola aid to west Africa

The UK will provide hundreds of extra beds to treat victims of the Ebola virus as part of a £100m aid package.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said without more humanitarian aid the outbreak could become "a global catastrophe with disastrous consequences".

Speaking after chairing a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee today, Mr Hammond said: "The UK will now deliver a further 500 beds over the coming months, working with partners to provide and train the international staff and support needed to operate those beds."

It comes after the Government pledged last week to set up a 62-bed treatment centre in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

British Ebola survivor flies to US to help victim

A British man who survived the Ebola virus has apparently travelled to the US in the hope of helping a new victim of the deadly disease.

Will Pooley has reportedly offered to undergo a blood transfusion to help the American, who has not been named, overcome the virus.

Will Pooley hopes to be able to help an American victim of Ebola. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Foreign Office said the 29-year-old nurse had flown to Atlanta over the weekend after he was issued with an emergency passport to help facilitate the trip.

Mr Pooley's blood will now contain natural antibodies that could help protect against the virus.

French volunteer contracts Ebola in Liberia

A French volunteer with charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia.

The aid worker, who is the first French national to contract the disease during this outbreak, was put in quarantine on September 16 when she started showing symptoms of the disease.

She will be evacuated to a specialist treatment in France.

IMF could provide extra $127m to deal with Ebola

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said it could provide Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with an extra $127m to fight the spread of the Ebola virus.

A woman being tested for fever - a symptom of Ebola, in Sierra Leone. Credit: TT News Agency/Press Association Images

The money has not been approved by the IMF's executive board, but it could help cover gaps in the west African nations' finances.

"The Ebola outbreak is a severe human, social and economic crisis that requires a resolute response from the international community," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a statement.

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