Ebola outbreak could infect '1.4 million' by January

The worst Ebola outbreak on record is now projected to infect up to 1.4 million by January 2015, according to scientists and studying the deadly virus.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of a total 6,574 cases, the World Health Organisation has said.

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Sierra Leone quarantines 'two million' in Ebola fight

A pregnant woman suspected of contracting Ebola is lifted by stretcher into an ambulance in Freetown, Sierra Leone Credit: Reuters

West African nation Sierra Leone has taken drastic steps in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, by putting almost two million people into quarantine.

The Associated Press reports that With three new districts under quarantine, about one-third of Sierra Leone's six million people are now living in areas where their movements are heavily restricted.

In parts of Sierra Leone and in neighboring Liberia where these cordons have been used in this outbreak, food prices have soared, some markets have shut and the delivery of goods has slowed.

WHO: 2,917 Ebola sufferers in West Africa have died

Nearly half of the 6,263 Ebola cases in five West African countries affected by the disease have died, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

A man stands at the gate of an Ebola virus treatment center in Monrovia. Credit: REUTERS/James Giahyue

They said 2,917 people have died, adding that more help was needed to treat the disease.

In Liberia they said they needed offers of 1,550 bed spaces, adding that reports from the Fassankoni area of Guinea that locals had set up roadblocks to intercept Ebola response teams trying to enter the area.

Ebola outbreak could infect '1.4 million' by January

A volunteer health worker at an Ebola treatment clinic in Liberia. Credit: Reuters

The worst Ebola outbreak on record is now projected to infect up to 1.4 million by January 2015, according to scientists and studying the deadly virus.

Studies by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have calculated that the outbreak could infect as many as 20,000 people in West Africa by November, with this figure increasing up to 1.4 million by early next year without international efforts to contain its spread.

The projected figure for those infected by January 2015 includes cases 'under-reported' or not logged by medics in West Africa, given the remote rural locations of many victims.

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.

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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
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