International Development Secretary Justine Greening said it was vitally important for the UK to support countries in western Africa to defeat Ebola to prevent further loss of life and ensure it does not spread into the UK.
Speaking as she set off for Sierra Leone with around 100 RAF medics being sent to build a training academy and field hospital she said:
"If we don't combat Ebola it will take many more lives, but also it can pose a risk to the UK".
Army medics trained at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire have left the country to join British efforts in fighting the Ebola outbreak.
They will man the Ebola Training Academy in Sierra Leone, which will supply five treatment centres currently being built by the UK.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening is to visit an Ebola training academy and a treatment facility in Sierra Leone.Read the full story ›
More than 100 army medics from Catterick Garrison are being deployed to Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola.
The clinicians form the lead unit who are departing from an RAF base this morning.
They will be training staff working in the UK-built Ebola treatment centres across Sierra Leone.
An aid worker from North Yorkshire has returned from West Africa after her latest spell helping to fight the deadly Ebola virus.
Cokie van der Velde, from York, is now enjoying time at home with her family.
She works for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, and has been helping doctors to combat the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Guinea.
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Police are seeking a European arrest warrant for a Romanian man who is suspected of a violent attempted rape on Teesside.
Cezar Florea, 26, is wanted in connection with an attack on the A66 flyover in North Ormesby in June. The attack left a 51-year-old woman with serious injuries.
More than 2,000 people responded to ITV News' online poll asking whether the comedian Michael McIntyre was right to walk off stage in Darlington when his show was interrupted by a member of the audience.
- 90% said was right to walk off
- 10% said he was wrong to walk off
The results were almost the same across age groups.
Durham County Council have approved plans to turn the former Easington Colliery into a nature reserve.
The site was landscaped for wildlife and recreation six years after the pit closure in 1993.
Proposals have been unveiled to declare the land as a Local Nature Reserve and we'll have more information for you in tonight's programme at 6pm as well as later on today on the site.