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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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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