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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American doctor contracts Ebola in Liberia

An American doctor helping to treat Ebola in Liberia has contracted the virus.

Dr Kent Brantly, who works for the charity Samaritan's Purse, reportedly recognised his own symptoms and confined himself to an isolation ward, NBC News reported.

A spokeswoman for the charity said Dr Brantly's wife and two children had been living with him in Africa but are currently in the US.

The deadly illness has killed more than 660 people across west Africa and it has now spread to Nigeria after the death of a Liberian man in Lagos.

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