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NHS volunteers depart for Christmas at Sierra Leone

Thirty NHS volunteers are now on their way to the heart of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

The doctors, nurses and support staff are the first of several NHS teams who are giving up their Christmases at home to join British soldiers, scientists and aid workers already in Sierra Leone.

Sejal Karia met them as they said a final goodbye to their loved ones at Heathrow.

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Tony Blair visits British Ebola effort in Sierra Leone

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has visited Sierra Leone to visit those leading the Ebola response in the country.

He praised the efforts of British troops helping to fight the virus.

Ebola in Sierra Leone 'a bush fire raging out of control'

The head of the UN's Ebola mission has compared the disease in Sierra Leone to "a bush fire raging out of control".

But the country's president, Ernest Bai Koromo, has told ITV News in a rare interview that his government is "getting a grip" on the deadly virus.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports from Freetown, Sierra Leone:

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Remorseless spread of Ebola results in deaths every hour

Britain's response to the spread of Ebola in west Africa stepped up as a team of 120 army medics touched down in Sierra Leone.

They join 40 British soldiers already deployed there - with many more due to arrive next month.

As the World Health Organisation confirmed the number of recorded deaths from the virus will pass 4,500 this week, ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports on the crisis in Africa:

Army medics arrive to help fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

British army medics have arrived in Sierra Leone to provide medical support in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in west Africa.

Around 120 troops have been engaging in exercises to simulate the conditions they will face in Sierra Leone.

Around 750 British troops are expected to be deployed to Sierra Leone over the coming months as part of the country's response to the outbreak of the potentially deadly virus.

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